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Open Your Data

- Let’s unpack the black box of qualitative analysis!


Collaborative qualitative data sessions @ the IMC, 1483-312
Second Thursday of the month. Time: 13-15.

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 the Interacting Minds Centre (building 1483, room 312). If you are not able to attend in person, we encourage you to attend the meetings using vmeet (room 1009). We present data owners for upcoming sessions in the IMC newsletter, in twitter (handles: @mettehoybye & @ellapaldam) and through our mailing list (send us an e-mail to join). Please see the list of dates for this semester below.


Spring 2020:

  • January 16, 1 – 3 pm
  • February 20, 1 – 3 pm
  • March 12, 1 – 3 pm (cancelled)
  • April 16, 1 – 3 pm
  • May 7, 1 – 3 pm
  • June 11, 1 – 3 pm    



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. Data owners receive a set of guidelines that they may use to structure their facilitation of the discussion. Currently, the outline of the sessions is: 

13:00 - 13:10    Welcome (& very short intro to OYD) | Mette or Ella

  • Who is present? ‘Hi, my name is (name) and I’m a (discipline)'.

13:10 - 13:45    ‘Here’s my data problem’ | Data owner

  • Data owner presents their data problem (short contextualization and presentation of analytical strategy). 10 mins
  • Data owner presents their data in an accessible format. 15 mins
  • Group asks clarifying questions. 7 mins

13:45 - 14:22    Reflection: See, think, wonder… | Everybody

  • Individual reflection. 7 mins.
  • Group reflection: We unpack the data problem from each our own methodological perspective (data owner is silent!). 25 mins
    As conclusion: the data owner reflects on comments. 5 mins

14:22 – 15:00 Discussion: Considerations and suggestions | Everybody

  • Individual reflection. 7 mins
  • Group discussion: Around the table. Everybody provides feed-back for the data owner (who remains silent!). 25 mins
    As conclusion: the data owner reflects on discussion. 5 mins