[Air-L] "Definitive" citation for the concept of digital trace data?
sjones at uic.edu
Mon Oct 5 11:56:22 PDT 2015
Brady Robards has done some great work using the concept of digital traces, and Bowker’s chapter in Karaganis’s book Structures of Participation in Digital Culture, from 2007, is the earliest obvious reference I remember. But I can be forgetful.
> On Oct 5, 2015, at 10:17 AM, Kevin G Crowston <crowston at syr.edu> wrote:
> An argument for studies of online behaviour is that the systems collect records of what people do and that such digital trace data provide a rich source of evidence for all kinds of studies. I’m trying to trace back that idea but it seems so taken for granted that there’s often not a citation. So I wondered what people consider the definitive citation for that idea, and for the term "trace data” in this context more specifically.
> For example, there’s a 2008 handbook article:
> Welser, H. T., Smith, M., Fisher, D., and Gleave, E. 2008. "Distilling Digital Traces: Computational Social Science Approaches to Studying the Internet," in The Sage Handbook of Online Research Methods, N. Fielding, R.M. Lee and G. Blank (eds.). London, England: SAGE Publications, Ltd, pp. 116–141.
> But I suspect there are even earlier sources.
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