Research methodology: the Spot The Future data model and workflow

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#21

Title attribute is just to render tags to humans inside Drupal

So, no need to recode everything, since all exports will just care about the “resource” (and “property”) attributes. If we keep up the RDF/a tagging format for further tagging exactly like now when developing our custom Drupal integrated CAQDA software one day, we will very probably remove all title attributes with a script anyway, since it’s technically redundancy.


#22

Who wants to submit an abstract with me? Deadine june 23

Hey Guys, Geci whom I met in South Africa pointed me in the direction of this EC conference on Future oriented technology analysis:

"The focus of the conference is on the potential of Future-Oriented Technology Analysis (FTA) to “Engage today to shape tomorrow”.

There are three main conference themes that will help structure contributions and discussions:

  • Theme 1: FTA and Innovation Systems
  • Theme 2: Creative interfaces for forward looking activities
  • Theme 3: Cutting edge FTA approaches "

The deadline to submit an abstract is June 23.

Who wants to co-author a paper with me on this? If nothing else it is a good opportunity to start preparing the final report to UNDP.


#23

I would be interested, i just need to read more about this conference. but sounds interesting - i will do STF ethnography report anyways.


#24

Great. Let me know when you are ready

Not much time so we would need to  put together an abstract in the next week.


#25

You have been coded. I will give some stats soon (like, the number of posts, comments coded etc.) as well as updated code list. However, as I was not able to merge codes in a process, some of them will have to be merged offline during the analysis with RQDA. I will also systematize proper codebook (aka - what code means what, because if it has a specific meaning for me, it does not mean that it will have the same connotation to everyone else). And codebook will be kinda copy-paste from CKEditor + some extra stuff from my notes.

@Alberto, I will provide you with some more bullet points in the nearest future for your upcoming presentation before sending you a draft report.

Also @Nadia I am already starting to think about ideas and formulations for the abstract. Will contact you soon.


#26

Well done!

Well done, Inga! Thanks.


#27

great

post them here when you are ready?


#28

@Nadia,  Here is a draft abstract, tell me what you think, and feel free to edit/comment/whatever. :slight_smile:

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In this paper we show how a creation of on-line community of grass-root activists from Armenia, Egypt and Georgia led to new horizontal cooperation on national and international level. In addition to that, a combined qualitative and quantitative analysis of the on-line interaction between these grass-root activists enabled us to provide concrete recommendations for the future policies.

“Spot The Future” is a project aimed at locating and connecting local grass-root activists and social entrepreneurs in Armenia, Egypt and Georgia. This is done by the means of Internet platform where users are encouraged to share their experiences, share their projects and visions, find their peers and establish new connections with a focus on future collaboration with the representatives of other social innovators in their own and other countries, as well as with the UNDP representatives. The uniqueness of the Spot The Future approach is embedded in inclusiveness, horizontal networking, orientation towards real-action solutions instead of pure networking. All the participants of the on-line and off-line discussions are perceived as experts, and the project team was taking a role of facilitators, encouraging involvement in on-line and off-line discussions, offering assistance, but leaving the decision-making role for the participants. This approach led to horizontal cooperation between grass-root activists on national and international level and provided the UNDP with an extensive map of social activism in Armenia, Egypt and Georgia.

In addition to that, a research team consisting of social network specialists and an ethnographer conducted an extensive qualitative and quantitative analysis of the on-line interaction in the Spot The Future platform. Social network analysis and ethnographic qualitative data analysis of the posts and comments of the Spot The Future platform, added another level of understanding of the ground environment of the social actors in Armenia, Egypt and Georgia.

The quantitative and qualitative on-line data analysis, supplemented by the analysis of data obtained through off-line focus-group discussion revealed that social activists in these three countries are not satisfied with prevailing top-bottom approach to social challenges, are disappointed by the quality of vertical cooperation with governmental institutions, international organizations and other main top-bottom approach players, are challenged by the traditional market economy. They showed preferences to horizontal cooperation, innovative approaches, localized initiatives, collective action and informal economy. These results allowed us to formulate future policy recommendations for the UNDP and other institutional development players in Armenia, Georgia and Egypt.


#29

theme, area of specialisation

Hi Inga. I think where we are best matched is theme 3: cutting edge fta approaches…under category social innovation. Also it needs to explicitly stated that its an academic paper and which theme. I think that what we are looking at is different working practice at Undo and citizen institution collaboration around societal challenges rather than policy alone. Maybe also mention collective intelligence in there. Finally I ask that you are clear spot the future runs on a d is run by Edgerydersther than thosechanges and a spell and grammar check I think why not just go ahead and submit


#30

A policy tool version of your abstract

Hello @Inga Popovaite, here’s a rewording of your abstract that takes a more hands-on angle. Feel free to use it, or use parts of it, of throw it away. Written at the request of @Nadia.

Grass-root activism is recognised as a positive force for change all over the world. Despite obvious potential, in many countries all over the world activists struggle to make an impact as their individual projects and aspirations fail to connect and coordinate into higher-level social dynamics. Associations, forums and networks for the organised civil society have blossomed over the past 30 years or so, but that does not seem to have changed the terms of the problem. 

We report on an attempt to mount a new kind of response to this issue in the course of a project called Spot The Future. Deployed in Armenia, Egypt and Georgia under the aegis of UNDP-CIS, Spot The Future adopts a stance based on inclusiveness, horizontal networking, orientation towards real-action solutions instead of pure networking. All the participants of the on-line and off-line discussions are perceived as experts, and the project team was taking a role of facilitators, encouraging involvement in on-line and off-line discussions, offering assistance, but leaving the decision-making role for the participants.

The engine of collaboration in Spot The Future is peer-to-peer, many-to-many online conversation. Ethnography and social network analysis are run on the conversation to add another level of understanding of the ground environment of the social actors, which is itself shared back with the participants. Such analysis, supplemented by the analysis of data obtained through off-line focus-group discussion revealed that social activists in these three countries are not satisfied with prevailing top-bottom approach to social challenges, are disappointed by the quality of vertical cooperation with governmental institutions, international organizations and other main top-bottom approach players, are challenged by the traditional market economy. They showed preferences to horizontal cooperation, innovative approaches, localized initiatives, collective action and informal economy. These results allowed us to formulate future policy recommendations for the UNDP and other institutional development players in Armenia, Georgia and Egypt; perhaps more importantly, they prompted new awareness of what activists can do themselves to develop collaborations with each other. 


A paper on STF accepted for the conference in Brussels!
#31

Thank you!!


#32

Codes&RQDA

@Matthias - when do you think you can finish the script for exporting the data for RQDA? It would be nice if I could do some proper analysis for the drat report already.

@Benjamin Renoust, currently I am working on the code book, aka explanation how and why I used the codes that I used. Some of them will have to merged together, such as Final-conference and off-line meeting, and couple of others as well. For my part, I will merge them offline, and how much does it complicate your part? Is it enough if I upload the code book here, and you can figure this out, or do you need me to do manual re-labeling of parts of data?


#33

Script status: half way through

Short update on the RQDA conversion script: I still have to do some lines of code and the debugging tomorrow, but all the searching for a workable solution, the Drupal views for this, and most of the code is done. So I hope you’ll get your .rqda file by today (Friday) evening. You can also get the script itself if you like; it’s in Ruby and generates a part that has to be run inside R.


#34

Oops

Sorry @inga_popovaite , I was off last week and I just see you message.

No it’s not a real problem, I will make a different process to re-generate the graphs, collapse those subcategories together (it would be nice if you have a separate name for these collapsed categories), but it should be stabilized at some point.

Just send me the final result once you have done it.

Here is a nugget just for fun, you’ll have the tulip graph to explore (here: tags.xlsx), so it can give you an idea of how your ethno-tagging is organized (I will add later on the new branches you’re creating).

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The tulip file is here: EthnoTree.tlpx