Week 7: Fieldwork

Hi Everyone,

With a business background, my fieldwork happens everywhere, from shopping malls to supermarkets, from private sectors to government organizations, from library to cyber world. Basically, any place, where people and businesses exist, could be my field.

Now, as an information researcher, fortunate or not, the advance development in information and communication technologies have moved most of my fieldwork to the cyber world. I still get “dusty, sore and a bit wiser” every time when I return from the cyber adventure.

The traditional notion of fieldwork change significantly when the field is online or virtual. Particularly, the virtual ethnography will face even more challenges to validity issues in relate to the accuracy of information and identity of the participants involved in the research. In addition, the observation of the participants may be limited and the processes may be manipulated by the participants.

Thank you.




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  1. Hey Liz,

    This is particularly interesting. It’s crazy to me that not only do we now have a ‘physical’ world, we have an ‘online’ world, which seems to be just as important to the lives of humans. I know this doesn’t really have anything to do with the topic of fieldwork, but it makes me wonder what the world will be like in 100 years. Will we have the physical world, online world and ANOTHER type of ‘world’ that is yet to have been created?!

    Victoria Grant

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