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News:

ATTENTION!: MIQDAS Online Guide now available here

The book, Qualitative Research and Hypermedia has been published by Sage. The book summarizes our work up to the end of the Ethnography in the Digital Age project. To see examplary material linked to the book, click here.

Introduction

 

Welcome to the Cardiff School of Social Sciences Hypermedia and Qualitative Research webpage. This site contains information on three ESRC funded projects into the use of hypermedia in ethnographic research. The first project "The Production of Hypermedia Ethnography" (Paul Atkinson, Amanda Coffey, Bella Dicks and Bruce Mason) ran between 1997-1999 and aimed to explore the implications of applying a "hypertext strategy" to all phases of qualitative research. The second project "Ethnography for the Digital Age" (Amanda Coffey, Bella Dicks, Bruce Mason, Emma Renold, Bambo Soyinka and Matthew Williams) ran between 2002-2004 and aimed to address the theoretical, methodological and empirical implications of undertaking substantive qualitative research that exploits the full possibilities of contemporary information and communication technologies. The current project "Methodological Issues in Qualitative Data Sharing and Archiving" (Amanda Coffey, Bella Dicks, Matthew Williams and Bruce Mason) is funded under the ESRC's Qualitative Data Sharing and Research Archiving Scheme. It aims to explore and develop protocols for the archiving and sharing of qualitative multi-media datasets.

 

Methodological Issues in Qualitative Data Sharing and Archiving (2005-2006)

This demonstrator project will explore how to design qualitative research methods appropriate for the eventual archiving, distribution and sharing of digital data-sets. Its specific focus will be on methodology, since to date few, if any, guidelines exist to assist researchers in making methodological decisions where data-sharing and archiving are planned. More...

Ethnography for the Digital Age (2002-2004)

"Ethnography for the Digital Age" was funded by the ESRC as part of their Research Methods Programme. The project aimed to develop an integrated, digital, hypermedia environment for data collection, analysis and authoring in qualitative research. A primary objective was to address the theoretical, methodological and empirical implications of undertaking substantive qualitative research that exploits the full possibilities of contemporary information and communication technologies. More...

The Production of Hypermedia Ethnography (1997-1999)

The goal of that project was to explore the implications of applying a "hypertext strategy" to all phases of qualitative research. We combined some of the ethnographic research previously conducted by Dr. Bella Dicks at the Rhondda Heritage Park with new digital ethnographic materials that focused on the guides who work there and the encoding of meaning at the site. Using a mixture of the old and new materials we created a prototypical ethnographic hypermedia environment (EHE). More...

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