Doing Ethnography: Examining ICT Use in
Context (SIG SI)
Half Day Seminar, Saturday, Nov. 4, 2006, 1:30pm-5:30pm (separate fee)
This 1/2 day workshop aims to help participants to devise and/or enhance (enrich) ethnographic techniques for investigating the complex interplay between people, technology and information given time and resource constraints. It offers an opportunity to researchers to share their experiences in the field and/or learn from the prior experiences of others. The workshop will address the following methodological problems or goals:
1.Increase understanding of how the ideals of an ethnographic approach to be translated into specific project goals.
2.Increase understanding of how a researcher can develop the appropriate skill set to investigate and understand the critical processes taking place in the situation under study whilst remaining true to the 'methodological holism'(Hirsch & Gellner, 2001: 7) that is the defining quality of ethnography?
3.In view of the limited time and resources faced by many researchers, compare best practices for how researchers employ ethnographic approaches with efficiency and expediency.
The workshop will offer participants the opportunity to work with four eminent discussants:
Elisabeth Davenport, Brenda Dervin, and Elizabeth Figa. The discussants will draw on their own research experiences in the field to serve as commentators on the themes raised in the problem statements of participants.
Elisabeth Davenport, Brenda Dervin, Elizabeth Figa