[Air-L] software for online ethnography

Darryl Woodford dp.woodford at qut.edu.au
Fri Feb 17 18:31:49 PST 2012

Hi Ashley,

In terms of software for storing / indexing this data I recommend Evernote -- it has 'clip to' functionality from most browsers for sites/blogs/tweets (you can select the text and only copy a particular tweet), 'clip from clipboard' for Mac/Windows so you can copy/paste from anywhere for IRC/other platforms, and easy import of documents/pdf's/text files for interviews. Combine that with a decent category/tag system and I think it provides most of what you need -- I have been using it for my research (ethnography of a virtual gaming environment & associated communities) for some time now.

Kind Regards,

Darryl Woodford
PhD Candidate | Sessional Academic,
Creative Industries Faculty
Queensland University of Technology

On 18 Feb 2012, at 09:06, Ashley Hinck wrote:

> Hi all,
> Does anyone have a recommendation for software to use for online 
> ethnography? I'm looking for something to organize artifacts from a 
> variety of sources, including websites, tumblrs, forums, tweets, 
> interviews, etc. I don't necessarily need the software to help me 
> analyze data, but need something to help manage artifacts from a variety 
> of sources. I've been following the discussion of how best to archive 
> websites, but I was wondering if there might be software that can 
> integrate data from multiple platforms. I'm trying to construct an 
> archive of the online communication of a particular community that uses 
> multiple platforms.
> Any help would be much appreciated. =)
> -Ashley
> -- 
> Ashley Hinck
> Teaching Assistant and PhD Student in Rhetoric
> Communication Arts Department
> The University of Wisconsin-Madison
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