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What Ethnographers Do: The Art of the Email Interview

The internet is a many-splendored thing. It provides a great opportunity to learn more about people, largely unrestricted by geography and time. However, it also presents a significant challenge.

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July 31, 2010

Quantitative: Why You Need Stories

Only once I have the story to connect with the data will the patterns in the numbers make sense. Only when I have the story and the data can we paint a complete picture.

July 19, 2010

What Ethnographers Do: Interview Guide

Part of the documentation we assemble before every project is an interview and observation guide. It’s supposed to serve as a checklist for supplies, as well as a guideline for … Continue reading

July 4, 2010

What Ethnographers Do: Data Management

One of the greatest challenges for ethnographers is what to do with all of the data we collect. In addition to the physical notebooks full of scratch notes, we also … Continue reading

July 3, 2010 · 1 Comment

What Ethnographers Do: Field Notes

Field notes, for the ethnographically uninitiated, are detailed descriptions of field work (interviews with and observations of people). Contrary to what the name suggests, field notes are not actually taken … Continue reading

June 18, 2010 · 2 Comments

Ethnography and the Bleedy Edge: How to Deal With Useless People

In an ideal world, we would only work with people we wanted to work with. Teams would be perfectly composed of people with complementary skillsets and compatible personalities. Everyone would … Continue reading

April 26, 2010 · 2 Comments

Field Note Experimentation

The least enjoyable part of being an ethnographer, my class mates and I have discovered, may be the writing up of field notes. The notes we take in the field, … Continue reading

March 8, 2010