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June 20, 2004

Day Two of the Understanding Internet Research Ethics Workshop

Today we also had two excellent keynote speeches from Annette Markham and Daniela Dimitriva. Annette discussed reflexive ethics and gave a number of recommended readings. One huge take away from her presentation is the idea that methods should come first and ethics follow. I like that concept, it contains the idea that ethics is embedded in each of us and that we must know what we plan on doing in our research before we look at the ethical ways to accomplish the goals. A second point that bubbled up during discussion was the idea that subjects and researchers are not distinct entities, rather that a form of alchemy is worked that eliminates or lessens the divisions between researchers and subjects.

She outlined the following positions of the reflexive researcher:

  • Prepared
  • Present/Aware
  • Adaptive
  • Context Sensitive
  • Honest/Mindful

    The following steps were outlined for developing methodology:

  • Constructing the question and laying out general themes
  • Accessing participants and defining field boundaries
  • Collecting information
  • Filtering and organizing information
  • Analyzing data in general themes
  • Interpreting general themes
  • Representing self and others in writing

    Recommended reading list:

  • Laing, Ronald David (1969). Self and Others. London: Tavistock: Rei Edition Paperback Viking Pr 1991
  • Bateson, Gregory (1972). Steps to an ecology of mind. Toronto, Canada: Chandler Publishing.
  • Gergen, Kenneth (1991). The Saturated Self. Basic Books
  • Wolf, Margery (1992). A Thrice-Told Tale: Feminism, Postmodernism, and Ethnographic Responsibility. Stanford University Press.
  • Ashmore, Malcome (1989). The Reflexive Thesis. The University of Chicago Press.
  • Richardson, Laurel (2000). Writing: A method of inquiry. In N. K. Denzin & Y. S. Lincoln (Eds.), Handbook of qualitative research (pp. 923-948). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications.
  • Fine, Michelle (1994). Working the Hyphens: Reinventing Self and Other in Qualitative Research. In N. K. Denzin and Y. S. Lincoln, eds., Handbook of Qualitative Research, Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications.

    Daniela Dimitrova presented a research paper she co-wrote with Michael Bugeja entitled "Exploring the Half-Life of Internet Footnotes"

    Abstract: This exploratory study examines use of online citations, focusing on 2003 AEJMC papers accepted by the Communication Technology and Policy division. Authors analyze papers using URL reference addresses in bibliographies and document some 40% of online citations being unavailable a year later. Results show that .edu is the most stable domain. Reasons for "dead" URL addresses also are explored. Finally authors offer recommendations for researchers who use Internet citations. This abstract was lifted from the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication.

    The paper looks at online information as historical artifact. They contend that footnotes are the most basic research component There are two key elements of academic citations: Attribution, and Access.Secondly they assert that webpages exhibit two types of longevity: Constancy/stability of information, and permanence of the site.

    Findings include:

  • 51% of links in the research articles worked when clicked on.
  • 60% of the URL's worked when pasted into browser.
  • 57% of the links that worked matched the content discussed in the articles.
  • 10% of the citations did not include a retrieval date.

    They calculate that the half-life of internet footnotes = 1.4 years or 1 year and 3 months. Half-life is defined as the point at which 50% of the citations as given in the articles have disappeared from the internet.

    Posted by prolurkr at June 20, 2004 02:11 AM

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