For those working ethnographically and with video data, I just discovered this blog which has lot of interesting reflections on data analysis and relationships between the sociocultural and technology. Check it out.


Author: Kate Cowan

‘The world is complex, dynamic, multidimensional; the paper is static, flat. How are we to represent the rich visual world of experience and measurement on mere flatland?’ (p.9)

This introduction to Edward Tufte’s ‘Envisioning Information’ (1990) encapsulates a challenge central to my research. How can the ‘flatlands’ of page and screen be designed to re-present the visual, spatial and temporal aspects of the world around us? How might we transcribe multimodally?

The term ‘transcription’ usually refers to the academic practice of turning a strip of talk into writing, based on traditions using tape recorders in social research. Although both linguistic modes with some shared features, re-making talk as writing necessarily but inevitably alters both its form and meaning potential. With video cameras now occupying an increasingly central role, both in research and also in people’s everyday lives and public environments, video differs to audio recording through offering…

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