Thank you!

Thank you so much to everyone who participated. I’m happy to report that I am finished with the interview stage of my project.

All the interviews were really interesting, and I learned a lot more in the process than I would have expected. Thanks to everyone for sharing your knowledge, thoughts and experiences with me!

On top of that, it was a lot of fun to geek out about digital methods – and of course being told everyone’s weirdest stories from the field.

And to keep it real: Below you can see my online interview checklist, after I was done with the last interview. I feel it is very easy to forget some of the completely obvious steps while conducting Skype interviews, especially if they are without video. So I made myself a little check list. There’s just so many little things to keep in mind that coffee alone is not enough 😉

A sheet of paper on a clipboard. It has

Now I’m off to transcribe and analyze all of them!

Talk to me!

Thanks everyone! I’m done with the interviews now.

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

The first round of interviews was conducted in spring/summer 2018. Currently (February 2019) I am conducting the second round of interviews, but I am still looking for a few more researchers to talk to.

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:

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.

    “Qualitative research” includes, but is not limited to digital ethnography and participant observation. As long as your approach is qualitative, it can include a wide range of methods to collect data online. It does not matter if you are currently involved in a project or if you are still working with digital methods – I’d love to hear about past experiences too!

    I’m not looking to do more interviews about solely interview based research at this point.

  • And who would talk to me about their experiences developing and refining their digital research methods as outlined above.

    If you’re working on your first online research project, tell me about it!

    If you are a researcher in the early stages of your academic career (Master’s projects and upwards is all fine!), I would love to talk to you!

    If you have worked on a lot of qualitative online research projects, that’s great too. I am interested in your early projects and how you are (or have been) dealing with the medium while developing your research methods.

  • 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).