Wide Field Ethnography 1, Research Workshop

spider eyes logo 2Wide 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

About davidsocha

In autumn 2010 after spending 19 years working in a variety of software organizations as a programmer, architect, manager, teacher, ScrumMaster, product designer, change agent, and agile coach, I finally listened to what everyone had been telling me I should be doing and joined the University of Washington Bothell as an Assistant Professor in Computing & Software Systems. My interests are how to create and maintain great teams, particularly those in software development organizations. I am most interested in distinctions that dramatically increase the effectiveness of teams, such as systems thinking, design thinking, biomimicry, and human centered design. I am a pragmatist, a collaborator, and an optimist.
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