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Data Collection and Analysis

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'Issues around Data Collection and Analysis'


#phdchat tweet log - 14th December 2011


@NSRiazat - Welcome to #phdchat - the topic for tonight is 'issues around data collection and analysis'. #phdchat #phd

@NSRiazat - @Karenmca Good luck - am at data analysis stage also and writing up amended literature review. #phdchat #crowdsourcing

@LBA_OX12 - Lurking tonite #phdchat

@srossmktg - Is this thing on? #phdchat

@daciatakesnote - Any historians out there care to share their collection and analysis strategies? #phdchat

@lizith - #phdchat going to be quiet tonight - tired after busy day :)

@SussexDocSchool - Superb talk and chat w/ @thesiswhisperer , Mr. TW, TW Junior, @imarais & @cgenter & Kate M too. Awesome bunch - thank you! :o) #phdchat

@SarahR_H - Superb talk and chat w/ @thesiswhisperer , Mr. TW, TW Junior, @imarais & @cgenter & Kate M too. Awesome bunch - thank you! :o) #phdchat

@ClaretCarly - Hello all, making dinner so I'll have to dip in and out #phdchat

@kesloane - Hello all. Have a rare day off. Glad to join in. #phdchat

@srossmktg - I finally have a Wednesday to chat and everyone's disappeared? #phdchat

@rou09 - #phdchat ,am waiting 4 the SPF , then I'll start ....the fun part, any advice?

@Lemness - #phdchat so what issues are you all having w data collection and analysis?

@AmandaMichelle - i'm missing this??? RT @nsriazat: Welcome to #phdchat - the topic for tonight is 'issues around data collection and analysis'. #phdchat #phd

@Lemness - @srossmktg some of us are here. #phdchat

@srossmktg - @Lemness How about being terrified to break out of literature and actually start doing it... #phdchat

@rou09 - #phdchat , ....this z my first chat here, I just want to say hi

@srossmktg - @Lemness ...terrified that I haven't sufficient theory so if I start designing (and collecting), my results will be worthless... #phdchat

@kesloane - @Lemness Hey Lem. No issues yet...primarily quant data collection underway. #phdchat

@Lemness - @srossmktg it should be the fun part - #phdchat - are you in that stage?

@dratarrant - #phdchat I found analysis very difficult! I used Atlas.Ti for qual interview data but found it tricky to explain what I did

@Lemness - @kesloane hi kelly. How are you? I wouldn't suppose that you'd have issues - seeing as it's what you do for a living. #phdchat

@srossmktg - @Lemness At multiple stages depending on the project. #phdchat

@Eddienosbod - #phdchat needed courage to get started but found that the more I did the more emerge

@EmmaBurnettx - I have a big challenge ahead with analysis - 4 large qualitative data sets. Need to find my 'story'. Any advice? #phdchat

@Eddienosbod - #phdchat was strange mix of focus on detail, then wider perspective, connecting with other studies when I could, but much of that came later

@ClaretCarly - @Lemness @srossmktg It's definitely the fun part. I got fed up of writing about what I wanted to do - glad to be actually doing it! #phdchat

@srossmktg - @rou09 Welcome! #phdchat

@Lemness - @srossmktg hasn't your advisors/supervisors guided you there? If you're collecting, you've already designed your study right? #phdchat

@kesloane - @Lemness challenge is to temper my ambition. refined research design this term. feeling good about the changes. #phdchat

@EmmaBurnettx - Anyone participating in #phdchat via tweetchat? Keeps saying there are technical problems..

@ClaretCarly - @rou09 Hello! :-) #phdchat

@aeratcliffe - I'm going to be pretty quiet this hr. Just to let you know, there was a request for a G+ Hangout at the end. Likely not long #phdchat

@srossmktg - @Lemness I just submitted a survey-based paper to a conference. Results were mediocre (to me). #phdchat

@dratarrant - @srossmktg @lemness I love working with people so I couldnt wait to get away from the lit #phdchat

@srossmktg - @EmmaBurnettx Ya, I think twitter is having problems. Even my Hootsuite is slow. #phdchat

@Lemness - @dratarrant that's great. so you aren't having problems with the data collection and analysis? #phdchat

@ai1sa - @aeratcliffe sadly cant do hangout, only day this week i have to go into work :( #phdchat missed too

@srossmktg - @Lemness For my diss, the first essay is theoretical, but I think it's now more writing it up than building. #phdchat

@Lemness - @kesloane that's great. you still planning on moving somewhere warm to write it all up? #phdchat

@EmmaBurnettx - @srossmktg very frustrating!! #phdchat

@srossmktg - @Lemness Second essay is experimental, but I havent designed a study yet. Im worried that I've got it wrong, wont get good results. #phdchat

@Lemness - @rou09 Where are you in your studies? #phdchat

@ai1sa - toooo much data; big decision is about whats in whats out, whats postdoc life. Had to write it all up to decide #phdchat

@EmmaBurnettx - @MrsRF how to handle databases I guess. A lot of data won't feature in thesis. Need to keep my argument tight #phdchat

@kesloane - @Lemness depends on the job market. ;) how are you doing? #phdchat

@Lemness - @emmaburnettx i'm usring hootsuite although I normally use tweetchat #phdchat

@srossmktg - @dratarrant That's probably a positive to doing qual rsch. It's probably more natural to get into (even if access is hard) @lemness #phdchat

@ClaretCarly - @ai1sa My concern is that I need enough data to make my results valid #phdchat

@EmmaBurnettx - @Eddienosbod sounds exactly what I'll be doing! #phdchat

@ai1sa - bias in research is not only about whats written in but written out #phdchat

@ai1sa - @ClaretCarly mines qual, so validity is different #phdchat

@Lemness - @srossmktg it's hard to not get the results that you hope for. #phdchat

@Lemness - @srossmktg and your advisor isn't giving you any direction on that? if they signed off on it, you're good to go. #phdchat

@srossmktg - @Lemness ...especially when the diss depends on it. I think even more than the theory is "what if the design is completely wrong?" #phdchat

@ClaretCarly - @ai1sa Yes, mine's quant & in a field where large sample sizes would be the ideal but are often hard to come by #phdchat

@Lemness - @kesloane doing well. gave my last final yesterday. should be grading today, but i haven't started yet. it's freezing in san diego. #phdchat

@srossmktg - @Lemness Assumedly... Im not that far along yet. I think the first essay (proposal) will mostly need to be done first. #phdchat

@srossmktg - @Lemness But I'm plain terrified. The thought of riding a bike without training wheels scares me. #phdchat

@daciatakesnote - I organize my archival sources (data?) in #scrivener. All my quotes/images/et al. are followed by a "RELEVANCE" prcis. #phdchat

@daciatakesnote - Maybe I'll make #historyresearch a thing? #phdchat

@srossmktg - @Lemness Freezing in SD? It's about 40 here in W. Mass... @kesloane #phdchat

@NSRiazat - @daciatakesnote - am working on building a narrative out of what has emerged from my data. Very time consuming. #phdchat

@EmmaBurnettx - @Eddienosbod @mrsrf exactly what mine said this week! but can be written up for publication #phdchat

@daciatakesnote - @NSRiazat YES! It's SO time consuming. How do #historians get it done in 5-7 years? #phdchat

@Lemness - @dratarrant how many participants did you need? did you get to set that number or did your advisor? #phdchat

@EmmaBurnettx - @MrsRF caqdas programmes? All data is in text (transcriptions from recordings). Going to use NVivo #phdchat

@kesloane - @srossmktg @Lemness Burr, SD! Yeah, it's unusually warm in Philly, too. Kind of freaking me out actually. #phdchat

@kesloane - @srossmktg @Lemness where are you in W MA? Driving up there tomorrow. :) #phdchat

@yukrla - hello everybody in #phdchat

@Lemness - @srossmktg i found that when I was in dissertation phase that alot of the time that I needed to do an audit of my expectations. #phdchat

@dratarrant - @Lemness #phdchat I did 32 in depth ints, finished when I felt data reached saturation & I was finding similar things, also advised by super

@Lemness - @kesloane but you're done with course work right? redesign is always helpful. it's always good to go back when you've learned more. #phdchat

@srossmktg - @kesloane I'm at UMass Amherst. Live in Northampton. #phdchat

@NSRiazat - @kesloane @srossmktg @Lemness - cold in the UK tonight. No snow (yet) but is cold enough tonight. #phdchat

@kesloane - @Lemness @srossmktg great advice, Lem. My research design prof really helped me reign my design in this term. Feel so much better. #phdchat

@srossmktg - @Lemness Yes! Thats just it, have high expectations of myself. Sr classmate doing diss on procrastination, sez 1 of 3 reasons (1/2) #phdchat

@daciatakesnote - @Lemness @srossmktg I also do an audit of where I am; always results in reorganizing. #phdchat

@kesloane - @Lemness No. One more semester of course work. Been refining research design, writing lit review, collecting data as I go. #phdchat

@Lemness - @dratarrant that's great. so what's your next step? #phdchat doesn't sound like you're having issues. its just alot of work.

@srossmktg - @Lemness people procrastinate is perfectionism (also, arousal in challenge seeking, forgot the third) #phdchat

@srossmktg - @NSRiazat It snows in the UK? :P #phdchat

@dratarrant - it snowed in lancs 2day @NSRiazat: @kesloane @srossmktg @Lemness cold in the UK tonight. No snow (yet) but is cold enough tonight. #phdchat

@lizgloyn - @srossmktg Yes! Sometimes quite a lot! #phdchat

@kesloane - @NSRiazat I'll be visiting London in a couple of weeks - when it will really be cold. ;) Hope all is well with you! #phdchat

@Lemness - @kesloane wow, you're so efficient. I didn't know that I had that much clarity when I was in my last semester of coursework. #phdchat

@srossmktg - What happened to TweetChat's "reply all" function? #phdchat

@Lemness - @daciatakesnote that took me awhile to learn. i had expectations of my results, and you can't really do that #phdchat

@EmmaBurnettx - @MrsRF same here! #phdchat

@NSRiazat - @Eddienosbod - have a mindmap to show 'path' of concepts/ideas. Data currently different themes to literature review. #phdchat

@kesloane - @Lemness You flatter. :) It helps that my dissertation is a continuation of my MA work - desegregation, equality, civil rights... #phdchat

@srossmktg - @kesloane Impressive. My diss has had to be significantly modified from my coursework days (last spring) to now. #phdchat

@Lemness - @dratarrant it was my focus. adolescent identity formation in online space. but it was such a general study #phdchat what's your focus?

@NSRiazat - @dratarrant @kesloane @srossmktg @Lemness - am Lancashire so will be coming this way soon. :) #phdchat

@srossmktg - @kesloane Where in W. Mass are you going? #phdchat

@Lemness - @kesloane no-i'm being serious. it's a smart way to do it. i wish i had that much clarity and precision going into dissertation. #phdchat

@srossmktg - Still trying to ascertain a vague proportion of qual/quant/mixed method on here... #phdchat

@lizgloyn - @Lemness My focus is textual; I guess my data analysis is reading texts, finding interesting passages, then constructing analysis #phdchat

@EmmaBurnettx - @srossmktg I have no patience with technology hiccups! I'll keep trying for a little while... #phdchat

@kesloane - @srossmktg Still have loads of work to do. Working on holes in lit review during winter break. #phdchat

@yukrla - I have a mindmap of the tesis and of then of chapter and then of subsections. Keeps me focusses #phdchat @NSRiazat

@kesloane - @srossmktg Great Barrington. Quick round trip to pick up my kiddo. #phdchat

@Lemness - @lizgloyn what software program are you using to do that? #phdchat

@dratarrant - @Lemness #phdchat grandfather identities as performed through intergenerational relations and family geography.Butler and Connell to analyse

@daciatakesnote - @Lemness I'm just getting it. I'm learning how to write through my ideas and esp. to take note of where results run off the rails #phdchat

@yukrla - can you expand on what is a textual focus? thanks #phdchat @lizgloyn

@kesloane - @Lemness Thank you, Lem. I also have the benefit of #phdchat cyber cohort and mentoring. Priceless. @NSRiazat

@Lemness - For sure RT @kesloane: @Lemness Thank you, Lem. I also have the benefit of #phdchat cyber cohort and mentoring. Priceless. @NSRiazat

@NSRiazat - @kesloane - all good here - how are you? :) #phdchat

@srossmktg - @kesloane Still pretty good. I'm hoping winter break brings significant progress in my first essay so I can propose on schedule. #phdchat

@lizgloyn - @Lemness No tech - just me, the ancient author, my eyes and a notepad. #phdchat

@srossmktg - @kesloane GB is nice. Remote, but nice. :P #phdchat

@Lemness - @dratarrant fascinating. have you done any writing that we can read? 32 interviews huh. Thanks for sharing. I'll check it out. #phdchat

@NSRiazat - @yukrla Need to do mind map of chapters. Am writing more 'free-style' with them but definitely need to tighten up focus. #wordcount #phdchat

@Lemness - @lizgloyn oh wow - that will take time. have you considered software? it's a qual study right? #phdchat

@lizgloyn - @yukrla Textual focus = primarily dealing with ancient texts, seeing patterns, etc. #phdchat

@yukrla - I need to do mindmaps because otherwise I start going totally off the plan on an exciting new side of the data...#phdchat @NSRiazat

@lizgloyn - @Lemness Actually, this is a benefit of being a classicist - not actually that much text to work through. #phdchat

@dratarrant - @EmmaBurnettx @mrsrf #phdchat I used Atlas.Ti but annoying because u can only really use one computer for it

@kesloane - @NSRiazat I'm well. Happy to be on winter break. :) #phdchat

@yukrla - that is very exciting! I have a friend that analyses patterns in ancient drawings (mostly math), is that similar somehow? #phdchat@lizgloyn

@EmmaBurnettx - @dratarrant @mrsrf ahhh, which is challenging when working from different machines.. #phdchat

@daciatakesnote - you and me both @lizgloyn, Slight variation: it's me, my macbook, georgian caricature, multicolor pen, and my notebook #phdchat

@lizgloyn - @yukrla No, sadly not! #phdchat

@lizith - @Lemness @lizgloyn sometimes paper and pencil more effective than software - I tried Nvivo, but was not right for me #phdchat

@Lemness - @lizgloyn i had a friend that did historical research like that and it's alot of work. #phdchat

@kesloane - @srossmktg Good luck with your work! Mixed methods, right? #phdchat

@allonsdanser - OK going to try and catch up with #PhDchat Looks like a good topic.

@EmmaBurnettx - I'm going to call it a night - tweetchat is not behaving for me tonight.. Good to chat to you as always :) #phdchat

@Lemness - @lizgloyn but it was quite an adventure because he really didn't know where it was going 2 end up. are you finding that to be true? #phdchat

@yukrla - oh well, I admire the fact that you can do withouth technology! #phdchat @lizgloyn

@dratarrant - @Lemness #phdchat thanks, yes two published papers, book chapter due and a paper in review: http://t.co/xYYLCUeS can send if access is tough

@srossmktg - @kesloane Thanks, same to you! Ive taken qual methods and don't rule it out depending on RQ, but mostly am survey/experimental. #phdchat

@srossmktg - @EmmaBurnettx Down with Tweetchat! :P #phdchat

@lizgloyn - @Lemness Finished now, but yes, letting the text lead my discoveries and writing up was very rewarding process #phdchat

@EmmaBurnettx - @srossmktg lol! Extremely cross with tweetchat - get yourself sorted or else! #phdchat

@yukrla - I did the training for NVivo and ran on the opposite direction #phdchat @lizith, how are you?

@Lemness - @dratarrant Thanks for sharing. Will take a look. Congratulations. #phdchat.

@allonsdanser - @yukrla That sounds like a good way to keep focused. I'm putting that in my planbook.@NSRiazat #phdchat

@dratarrant - #phdchat #mixedmethods Jennifer Mason is a great writer and her advice is great on mixed methods: http://t.co/gQHovM96

@yukrla - I think it came when any other solution hadn't worked..#phdchat @allonsdanser

@lizith - @yukrla I'm good, but tired (getting over fluey cold, had probs with sup'rs and busy day on campus) - probably need proper break :) #phdchat

@lizith - @yukrla how are you? #phdchat

@allonsdanser - @yukrla I have "warned" my diss chair that I tend to go off on tangents. She says we'll need to reign that in. #phdchat

@Eddienosbod - @EmmaBurnettx sorry, had no battery backup - I used NVivo but wasn't coding data as such. More to navigate it #phdchat

@yukrla - tangents can be an interesting part of your work, for me tangents made my work tell several stories instead of 1 #phdchat @allonsdanser

@aeratcliffe - Here's the link for the Hangout. All welcom (first 10 likely) http://t.co/0VkLqL6v #phdchat

@Lemness - #phdchat - thanks for the chat everyone. You are all amazing.

@Eddienosbod - @NSRiazat shows that you're not guiding the results to fit the lit review though. I have to go back and rework parts of that also #phdchat

@yukrla - and that was bad... needed desperately to concentrate on one...it still hurts to leave stuff 'out' #phdchat @allonsdanser

@aeratcliffe - @allonsdanser I hope you are coming to the Hangout! #phdchat

@allonsdanser - @aeratcliffe Yep! :) Right after #phdchat !

@srossmktg - @aeratcliffe At the coffee shop. Muting the mic. #phdchat

@yukrla - what is the hangout? #phdchat @allonsdanser

@Eddienosbod - @lizith I agree about paper and pencil. Slows me down and helps thinking #phdchat

@Eddienosbod - @EmmaBurnettx good night. I'm off to finish working on chapter 5 (on of my analysis chapters) #phdchat

@allonsdanser - @yukrla Fun! Phd chatters hanging out in G+ video conference. Like #phdchat but with video chat. Join us http://t.co/fa7IjcVL

@EmmaBurnettx - @Eddienosbod hope you have a productive night! Thanks for your advice :) #phdchat

@NSRiazat - @kesloane - winter break from work starts on Friday and then it's thesis for me. :) #phdchat

@Eddienosbod - @EmmaBurnettx you too. Tek care #phdchat

@NSRiazat - Thank you to everyone who has followed or taken part in #phdchat tonight. #phd

@lizith - #phdchat good night all

@aeratcliffe - We are now in the Hangout. It likely won't be a long one! http://t.co/0VkLqL6v #phdchat

@yukrla - thank you for a lovely session once again #phdchat @NSRiazat

@kesloane - @NSRiazat great to catch up! good day / night, all. #phdchat

@srossmktg - Yay, #phdchat hangout on Google+ #phdchat

@sarahthesheepu - ive set up a new twitter account for my social media training tomorrow can some #phdchat people follow @CAcademic i can show the community

@LizDobsonUoH - strange to be writing about events that took place in December 2008 when I collected my data. crazy to still be doing this now! #PhDchat

@ianrobsons - sorry about missing #phdchat @NSRiazat - combination of helping my 10yo with maths homework and marking 3rd year assignments :(

@SueFolley - Sorry I missed #phdchat tonight -I started wrapping Christmas presents & it took over 2 hours & still some to do. Looks like a good chat :)

@daciatakesnote - @srossmktg @allonsdanser @aeratcliffe Thanks for the brief chat! "Steady as she goes!" #phdchat

@NSRiazat - @ianrobsons - not sure the 10yr old maths homework will be easier than 3rd year uni assignments. Maths stumps me. #phdchat

@davidaellis - Managed to write an entire abstract submission in under half an hour. A new record! #phdchat

@TwtrChat411 - #PhDchat starts at 7:30pm GMT moderated by @NSRiazat Participate!

@NSRiazat - @Eddienosbod - did quite a bit of literature reading prior to collecting data but then it all changed anyway due to themes in data. #phdchat

@NSRiazat - @Eddienosbod - appear to be drifting backwards and forwards with writing this term - need to be much more focused. #phdchat

@LizDobsonUoH - @NSRiazat backwads and forwards across different themes? #phdchat

@Eddienosbod - @NSRiazat http://t.co/ElMiqSav #phdchat

@catt_itude - @Lemness @srossmktg inductive, bottom up research is theory-generating so no need to be theory-driven/led. #qualitative #research #PhDchat

@qui_oui - Some great comments now on my new blog post about PhD students and depression/mental health: http://t.co/P8Kf0ATA #PhDchat #HigherEd

@rjhogue - Epistemology class is over, now what? #phdchat - my research question http://t.co/kO7qPvQs

@allonsdanser - Anybody using Audiotorium on iPad for notetaking? audio and written notes? http://t.co/DD2pa4VV #phdchat

@allonsdanser - @daciatakesnote Nice "meeting" ya! The librarian in me will be on the lookout for content to send to you re your topic. :) #phdchat

@daciatakesnote - @allonsdanser nice "meeting" you too! Thanks for the lookout, I think librarians are super. Seriously, you should wear capes. #phdchat

@profragsdale - Theme Music 4 My Life! Tina Turner: Row Row Row Your Boat http://t.co/wW2PpoAF #phdchat

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