[Air-L] Conducting qualitative research on Facebook
dariusz.jemielniak at fulbrightmail.org
Wed Feb 7 01:37:30 PST 2018
while agreeing with previous commenters, I would also like to add that
translating from another language often gives an additional layer of
security (it makes it more difficult to track the quotes back to the
original). If you're going to publish in English, as often is the case,
doing fieldwork in a different language adds to the safety.
On Wed, Feb 7, 2018 at 9:52 AM, Sarah Quinton <sequinton at brookes.ac.uk>
> Hello Virginia
> You should check the QUT Ethics committee's policies as sensibly suggested
> by Sharon.
> You also might want to consider both the context of your research, i.e. the
> sensitivity of the phenomenon you are researching ( is it discussions about
> gardening or is it content about being a carer for someone with long term
> illness) and also the vulnerability of the Facebook participants you wish
> to include in the research ( obviously there are limits to what you can
> determine about these people's vulnerability but it is worth thinking
> about, is the group in any way self identifying as vulnerable or
> identified by others/researchers as vulnerable?).
> You may also wish to consider anonymising the content without fundamentally
> altering the meaning ( again depending on what you need from the data and
> how you will be analysing it) if you are thinking about reproducing it
> anywhere in your research, so that it is more difficult to trace back to
> the poster/originator through search engines. This is another approach to
> 'protecting' the Facebook participants.
> I am sure other members of AoIR will have valuable comments too.
> On 7 February 2018 at 05:59, Sharon Greenfield <
> s3417013 at student.rmit.edu.au
> > wrote:
> > Hello Virginia,
> > I would suggest reading up on Mary L Gray's many pieces on ethics in
> > research.
> > In addition, what does the QUT Ethics Committee recommend?
> > Cheers,
> > Sharon
> > On 7 February 2018 at 16:38, Virginia Balfour <
> virginiabalfour at hotmail.com
> > >
> > wrote:
> > > Hello
> > >
> > > I would value advice on the ethics of collecting data from an Open
> > > Facebook page and the best ways to mitigate them.
> > >
> > > My research is looking at an open Facebook page and it is likely that I
> > > will want to use data from conversations between commenters and
> > statements
> > > made by commenters as part of my research. While most observations will
> > be
> > > generalised and made anonymous, there may be some conversations where
> > is
> > > pertinent to identify the commenters and/or identifiable comments.
> > >
> > > In particular I am interested in whether people think it is necessary
> > > advisable to contact individual commenters to ask if their comments can
> > be
> > > used in the research?
> > >
> > > Are their any risk mitigation strategies that anyone has used in the
> > > that they could recommend?
> > >
> > > regards
> > >
> > > Virginia Balfour
> > >
> > > QUT researcher.
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> *Out Now*: Quinton, S., and Reynolds, R. (2018*),The Ethics of Online
> Research. *Ed Kandy Woodfield, The changing roles of researchers and
> participants in digital and social media research, chap 3, 53-78.
> Quinton, S., Canhoto, A., Molinillo, S., Pera, R. & Budhathoki, T.
> (2017). Conceptualising
> a digital orientation: antecedents of supporting SME performance in the
> digital economy, *Journal of Strategic Marketing*, 1-13.
> Quinton, S. and Simkin, L. (2016). The Digital Journey: reflected learning
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