Talk to me!

At this stage of my project (winter 2016/17), I am looking for interview partners. Below, you can find a short description of the demographic I would like to do interviews with.

If you think that could be you, if you are generally interested to talk about your experiences in online research, or if you have any questions regarding my research project, please get in touch: a0946582@unet.univie.ac.at

Currently, I am looking for interview partners:

  • For online interviews.

    I expect the interviews are going to be conducted online. My favorite tool would be Skype (or something else that is voice-based), but anything that allows for real-time communication is great. If you are close to or in Vienna, Austria, meeting in person is also a possibility. If you prefer text-based communication, we can arrange for that as well. Just let me know what you are using and what works best for you and we will figure something out.

  • Who are social scientists doing (or having done) qualitative research online.

    It does not matter if you are currently involved in a project or if you are still working on/with digital methods. “Qualitative research” includes, but is not limited to digital ethnography and participant observation, interviews and other ways of interacting online with individuals or group(s) to collect empirical data.

  • That are not older than 40 years.

    I am interested in researchers who grew up with digital media. As defining what “growing up with” means is a rather complex issue and hard to formalize, I decided to narrow it down to people of 40 years of age and younger. This criterium serves as a starting point and is still open to discussion. If you want to challenge what is being said in this paragraph, or if you have questions regarding (usefulness of) the requirement, just shoot me a message.

  • And who speak English (or German).

    The main language of the project is English. But I am also fluent in German, if you prefer that for interviews and/or general communication.

If you are interested in participating, just send me an email or leave a comment! I would love to hear from you.

Informed Consent

I expect (most) interviews to be online Interviews, which is why the more traditional route of signing a physical consent form seems out of place. It is also why I decided to publish the details of what I am going to do with your data here at the project’s research blog. While this text (and, additionally, new adapted versions) will stay accessible here, I will ask for your consent at the beginning of each interview.

If you want to add something or require special conditions, we can also agree to add or change the agreement as needed.

If you have any concerns, suggestions or questions please get in touch.

Version 1.1 (June 12, 2016)

Research at home – Social Scientists and their understanding and use of the internet 
as a site of research. A master thesis project.

I, Angela Prendl, will be conducting this interview for the empirical part of my thesis project as laid out on this website.

Your participartion is voluntary, and you are free to withdraw from the project at any time without giving a reason. You can also request access to the information you gave, and that these informations (or parts of it) be not used or destroyed. Whitdrawing from participation does not affect your rights as stated here.

The information you give me will only be used for research purposes within the scope of my thesis project. The project does not recieve any funding, and there is no payment or compensation for participants.

The interviews will be recorded:
  • For text-based interviews, this means that the interview will be logged, and that I will keep the transcripts for analysis.
  • Interviews that are not text-based (e.g. VoIP interviews, or Interviews conducted in real life) will be recorded and transcribed for analysis. Both transcripts and recordings will be stored digitally.

The copyright of the transcripts will be assigned to the researcher, Angela Prendl. This is only to grant me the right to quote the (anonymised) materials in my work.

All data collected during the Interviews will be kept confidential, and will be anonymised for publication. Only me (and my supervisor) will have access to the collected data. Once my thesis is finished, it will be published on this blog (which might be moved to my personal website once I finish my degree).