If you’re working with:
you are working with qualitative data.
“Research data is collected, observed, or created for purposes of analysis to produce original research results,” as the University of Edinburgh says. If you have gathered materials for the purpose of textual, conceptual, or qualitative study, you are working with qualitative data.
Qualitative data is not reproducible.
The value of your data comes from 1) its usefulness for other researchers to explore and 2) its archival or historical value for future generations. When deciding what to keep, ask yourself:
It’s a big deal. Science is moving towards full sharing of data, but there are exceptions for: