Category Archives: anthropology

Doing education right is not easy (or cheap)

I have been listening to an episode of Metric: the user experience design podcast that featured Dr Donna Lanclos talking about collecting personal information in the name of user experience. The podcast covered a lot of ground including discussing the notion of … Continue reading

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‘thick description’, big data and meaning making with maps

I’ve recently used some research methods that involved interview participants producing maps/drawings, which where then explored and developed in a subsequent discussion/conversation. I’m still in the process of co-writing a paper about this but the research builds on some collaborative … Continue reading

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Making the familar unfamiliar- why anthropology matters

I find myself in a pensive, reflective mood and in a frame of mind to put down some thoughts on the benefits of anthropology and the ethnographic approach. As someone with a Bachelor and a Masters in Socio-Cultural Anthropology my focus … Continue reading

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Ethnography Praxis in Public Organisations, Data and Spaces

The current issue of Weave – Journal of Library User Experience has a great article about the state of ethnography in libraries including some really useful thoughts on why there aren’t, but probably should be, more library ethnographers. You should definitely … Continue reading

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