In 2019 ADA collaborated with a team of researchers to investigate innovative, ethical approaches to data archiving and reuse to help address archiving and reusing highly contextual qualitative data. The project was led by Julie McLeod, Professor and Pro Vice-Chancellor (Research Capability) at the University of Melbourne, including specialists from the University of Melbourne, the Australian Data Archive and La Trobe University.

The ARDC funded project Transforming Research Communities: Data Archiving, Sharing and Reuse in Qualitative Social Sciences focused on data collections from qualitative Studies of Childhood, Education & Youth (SOCEY). The project explored the approaches required to build and sustain community ownership of a new collection, and the best practice principles, challenges and affordances in archiving and sharing qualitative data.

The full collection of data curated and produced by the project team can be found at ADA