Veracity of the archive : a research approach to the collection and verification of urban morphological records using qualitative data analysis software

Sanders, Paul S. & Woodward, Sarah A. (2014) Veracity of the archive : a research approach to the collection and verification of urban morphological records using qualitative data analysis software. Journal of Map and Geography Libraries, 10(2), pp. 173-203.

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Critical to the research of urban morphologists is the availability of historical records that document the urban transformation of the study area. However, thus far little work has been done towards an empirical approach to the validation of archival data in this field. Outlined in this paper, therefore, is a new methodology for validating the accuracy of archival records and mapping data, accrued through the process of urban morphological research, so as to establish a reliable platform from which analysis can proceed.

The paper particularly addresses the problems of inaccuracies in existing curated historical information, as well as errors in archival research by student assistants, which together give rise to unacceptable levels of uncertainty in the documentation.

The paper discusses the problems relating to the reliability of historical information, demonstrates the importance of data verification in urban morphological research, and proposes a rigorous method for objective testing of collected archival data through the use of qualitative data analysis software.

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ID Code: 80300
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: data verification, triangulation of documents, Atlas.ti, urban morphology
DOI: 10.1080/15420353.2014.897672
ISSN: 1542-0353
Divisions: Current > Schools > School of Design
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Creative Industries Faculty
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2014 Taylor & Francis Group
Copyright Statement: This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Journal of Map and Geography Libraries on 23 July 2014, available online:
Deposited On: 21 Jan 2015 04:48
Last Modified: 01 Feb 2016 18:08

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