Open Ethnographer

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What’s this? Open Ethnographer is a software to add ethnographic coding right into live online content. It is an open source plug-in for Drupal, and we use it to add semantic markup to edgeryders.eu content, empowering both our ethnographic research, website visitor’s navigation and discovery, and semantic search engines. Open Ethnographer is developed by the Edgeryders LbG company, with the support of the Rockefeller Foundation.

What’s innovative? In contrast to existing QDA software, semantic markup (“coding”) is not inserted into an offline copy of the online conversation, but right into the live content. This preserves the context, enabling extended analysis later. In addition, the semantic markup can be created collaboratively, the saved coding effort allowing more detailed research later. Lastly, the semantic markup can be public, enhancing the original author’s content with semantic web integration “for free”. We believe this innovation to have potentially disruptive applications for how ethnography is done and what role it plays in societal advancement – see also our more detailed explanation.

This project is open! Which means, you are invited to browse through our project workspace below, contribute to the discussion, to software development, and of course to using the free and open source software application when it’s ready (about end of 2015-01). The Antiheroes project is already interested to use Open Ethnographer as well. Core documents and tools for collaborating here:


Deliverables: Narrative Reports (Interim and Final)
New Year, New Themes: Edgeryders Blog and Social Media Outreach, 2015
Concept Note: The future of care in the hands of hackers
Metamaps.cc - for future uses?
Introducing: the stewardship conversation network
Edgeryders 2.0.1.6 : where we are and what's coming next
Now hiring: Ethnographer(s) wanted for bleeding edge research project (call closed)
Online ethnography on failed social innovation projects
Concept Note: The future of care in the hands of hackers
Amsterdam EdgeRyder
Masters of Networks - request for info
Open Source Circular Economy Days: Input and collaboration needed!
Open Source Circular Economy Days: Input and collaboration needed!
About the Software (SSNA) category
Edgeryders LBG: one year checkpoint
Open Ethnographer open meeting, Friday at 11 am
Online Ethnography on failed social innovation projects R&D application
Open Ethnographer Software Requirements
Provide technical feedback on the Open Ethnographer Software Design
Paid software development tasks for Open Ethnographer for Drupal (call closed)
Fully unPacking Lote4: organisation, processes, key roles, budget and outcomes