Light structure in the Platform for Experimental Collaborative Ethnography

The following presents an interdisciplinary collaboration between ethnographers and computer scientists involved in the development of the Platform for Experimental Collaborative Ethnography (PECE). The paper begins with a brief explanation of the motivations and binds faced by each discipline during this collaboration. Specifically, the paper focuses on the complexities of structuring data when conflicting perspectives, epistemologies and methodologies are considered. The concept of “light structure” is introduced as a means of mediating the challenges. The paper concludes with additional thoughts on the value of light structure a way to facilitate new forms of collaboration in a digital space without constraining the traditional practice of qualitative research.

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