Wide Field Ethnography 1
Research workshop, University of Victoria, Victoria, BC, Canada.
October 21–24, 2015
This was the first workshop on wide field ethnography, involving the analysis of large qualitative datasets collected in settings of human activity (such as software organizations). Because of dramatic reductions in the cost of data collection equipment such as video and audio recorders, and screen capture software, it is possible to collect several orders of magnitude more data on social behavior than has ever been attempted in the past. As a result, new forms of scientific inquiry are now possible.
Over a four-day period, this elite group of behavioral and social researchers and industry practitioners who have either collected or have done analysis on this kind of large-scale dataset came together in Victoria in order to 1) carry out joint analysis of data, 2) develop specifications for computational tools to support this analysis, and 3) advance our understanding of carrying out wide field ethnography.
Organizer: David Socha, University of Washington Bothell, USA
Host: Wolff-Michael Roth, University of Victoria, Canada
Robin Adams, Purdue University, USA
Alfredo J. Gil, University of Oslo, Norway
Josh Tenenberg, University of Washington Tacoma, USA
Skip Walter, Factor, Inc., USA