thoughts on descriptive field notes


How can computational methods generate descriptive field notes?

How are descriptive field notes written/documented? Narrative? Graphical? What vocabularies and structures are available?

Qualitative observation descriptive field notes – (sample from HCI)

  • How to document these? What can be automated and/or computationally generated so the observer can focus on parts that can’t be?
  • How to analyze these?
    • for a single event?
    • over time @ same context?
    • across time and/or contexts?

So… I’m looking at developing methods for the documentation and/or generation of DESCRIPTIVE FIELD NOTES FOR QUALITATIVE OBSERVATION IN SOCIOLOGICAL RESEARCH CASE STUDIES.