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New citation manager August 31, 2009

Posted by Malene Charlotte Larsen in Academic, Dissertation, Research.
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When I first started writing my PhD dissertation I used Endnote to manage citations and references. Half way through the period I switched to RefWorks, which I liked because of the possibility to store all of my references online. Then a few weeks ago some colleagues of mine pointed me towards Zotero,  which is now my favourite tool for creating in-text-citations. Zotero is actually an open source Firefox extension so I have all my research sources stored in the web browser itself. The Word plug-in is really easy to use and I haven’t encountered any problems importing all my references.

Learn more about Zotero here.

Btw, if you wonder what I am up to at the moment and why I am an awfully unstable blogger, I can tell you that all I am doing is writing my dissertation. It is going okay and I enjoy having the time to be absorbed into the project.

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Doing ethnography is central May 21, 2007

Posted by Malene Charlotte Larsen in Academic, Ethnography, Research.
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I have been meaning to write something about the PlaceMe workshop I attended in Stockholm about data collection and transcribing multimodal and mediated interactions. The workshop was lead by Professor Lorenza Mondada who has been working with video data for more than 20 years. One of her key points during the lectures was that doing ethnography is essential in relation to video recordings. One must always do fieldwork for a period of time before doing the actual video recording. This will not only establish trust with the participants, but also make your data better since it will help you identity the central and relevant activities within the field.

This message is very much in line with another workshop I attended last Monday on interdisciplinary discourse studies at Center for Discourse Studies with Professor Srikant Sarangi as key note speaker. During his talk Sarangi pointed to the fact that combining ethnography and discourse studies is central in order to understand professionals’ practice. One must not underestimate the value of a long term informal ethnography in order to understand the “native knowledge” that exists in a particular setting.

I think that these points about ethnography are central to almost all humanistic research – especially, when you are trying to really understand social practice. Therefore these points are also relevant to my PhD project on understanding youngsters and online social networking and ethnography is definitely something that I (still) will be working with – both online and offline 🙂

PlaceMe May 8, 2007

Posted by Malene Charlotte Larsen in Academic, Networks, Research.
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At the moment I’m preparing for tomorrow when I will go to Stockholm for a workshop within the network “PlaceMe“. PlaceMe is a Nordic research network on Place, Mediated discourse and Embodied interaction.

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The workshop is on the first steps of data collection and how to transcribe and analyse multimodal and mediated interactions. I’m looking forward to the workshop and to seeing other PhD students data.

Networked Identities May 1, 2007

Posted by Malene Charlotte Larsen in Academic, Identity, Networks, Research.
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My colleague, Thomas Ryberg, and I have a paper on networked identities in networked environments coming up in JCAL – Journal of Computer Assisted Learning. Earlier someone was asking for an English-language version of one of my papers on Arto and I remembered that I have this one which also draws on some of my Arto research and uses the social networking site as a case. However, I must give credit to Thomas who had the idea for and is the main author of this paper.

The paper is called “Networked Identities – Understanding Movements Between Strong and Weak Ties in Networked Environments”. I am not sure when it will be out, but for now you can read the draft version here ».

Online survey status March 1, 2007

Posted by Malene Charlotte Larsen in Academic, Research, Social Networking.
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After only a few weeks online more than 2100 Danish children and young people between the age of 12 and 18 have answered the questionnaire that I have launched together with The Danish Media Council for Children and Young People. I think it is really impressive considering that it is a qualitative questionnaire where they have to write most of the answers themselves.

Unfortunately, only 200 parents with children between 12 and 18 years old have filled out the questionnaire so far. Hopefully, they will follow suit during the next couple of weeks 🙂 The grown up part of the questionnaire can be found here.

Read more about the online survey here (in Danish).

Questionnaires online February 6, 2007

Posted by Malene Charlotte Larsen in Academic, Research.
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Today my two online questionnaries were launched at Safer Internet Day 2007. The purpose of the questionnaires is to investigate the relationship between parents and their children when it comes to online social networking. The target group is Danish parents, children and young people who use social networking sites.

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Are you a Danish parent with children between the age of 12 and 18?
Fill out the questionnaire here.

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Are
you a Danish child between the age of 12 and 18?
Fill out the questionnaire here.

Lots of other exciting things happened today at Safer Internet Day. I will blog on that later…

By the way, the Danish newspaper Berlingske Tidende wrote an article today about the survey. Read the article here.