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Title:Using Ethnography of Email to Understand Distributed Scientific Collaborations
Author(s):Sharma, Sarika K; Willis, Matt; Snyder, Jaime; Østerlund, Carsten; Sawyer, Steve
Subject(s):information visualization
qualitative research methods
distributed work
Abstract:In this brief poster abstract we explore the finding from previous research that distributed teams collaborating on research use email to an overwhelming degree. This email is the source of collaboration and one of the central documents in the practice of doing science. We present an early idea of email focused ethnography and using visualizations to assist in the qualitative exploration of analyzing email communications. Of interest is the utility of different visualizations to inform follow up interviews of longitudinal fieldwork and data collection. Two such visualizations are presented and described. Along with the benefits of the techniques we describe some of the challenges.
Issue Date:2015-03-15
Series/Report:iConference 2015 Proceedings
Genre:Conference Poster
Peer Reviewed:yes
Rights Information:Copyright 2015 is held by the authors. Copyright permissions, when appropriate, must be obtained directly from the authors.
Date Available in IDEALS:2015-03-24

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