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OYD @ the IMC


Open Your Data: Let's unpack the black box of qualitative analysis together


Collaborative qualitative data sessions @ the IMC, 1:00-3:00 pm.
Second Thursday of the month, room 1483-656 and zoom room: 672 8126 2615

OYD is an opportunity to get interdisciplinary perspectives on your data and to learn how your colleagues understand your approach and your analysis. We welcome curious comments, qualifying questions, and divergent discussion!

Sounds interesting? Please come by and check it out. The sessions are open. No registration or preparation required, just bring your sharpest analytical mindset and come as you are!


Driven by a larger societal open science agenda, frameworks for making data and analytical strategies open are increasingly needed in qualitative research. The OYD is an explorative and collaborative initiative that attempts to meet this need by developing an open lab format that increases transparency in all phases of the qualitative research process.

So far, the OYD has evolved as a productive, safe space for curious discussions on knowledge production, in which we collaboratively advance our different ideas and approaches to data. Acknowledging potential epistemological, methodological, legal, and ethical concerns to opening up qualitative analyses, we invite participants to blaze a new trail with us towards a stronger open qualitative science.


The OYD emerged from a shared frustration with the lack of open science initiatives in qualitative research. We were both beginning new research projects, and we both felt that despite an increasing open science awareness, actual data work remains a black box in anthropological analysis.

The first OYD session was in August 2019, and the sessions have since attracted local and international researchers at all career stages from both private sector research institutions and universities. At the OYD, we welcome all types of qualitative methods, data, analytical strategies, and methodological perspectives.


We meet every month (usually the second Thursday of the month) at 1-3 pm in room 1483-656 or in Zoom room 672 8126 2615. We present data owners for upcoming sessions in the IMC newsletter, in twitter (handle: @mettehoybye) and through our mailing list (send us an e-mail to join).

Dates for the spring of 2024 (please get in touch if you want to bring data):

  • February 8: Maria Højen
  • March 14: Cancelled
  • April 11: Anna Louise Skovgaard
  • May 7: Open - This OYD session takes place from 11-13 at building 1483, room 312 and zoom room 672 8126 2615
  • June 13: Open 


The format of the OYD sessions evolves over time to scaffold our collaboration in the best possible way. We provide an outline (see below), that give the overall structure of the sessions.

We often find that the data or people of the day make us stray from the outline. We let the sessions emerge according to the needs in the room because we have observed that detours from the outline tend to occur when the discussions are particularly constructive.

We also provide outlines for participants to scaffold a constructive dialogue. Before the session, data owners receive a set of guidelines that they may use to structure their facilitation of the discussion.

Current outline for the sessions

Current guidelines for data owners

Current guidelines for participants