Conference: Qualitative Research in Web 2.0: The Next Leap!

25-26 March 2010, Berlin

About the conference:
The international conference on Qualitative Research in Web 2.0 (QRWEB2010) will be held on the 25 & 26 March 2010 in Berlin. This unique and highly interactive conference will bring together academics and industry practitioners to discuss and brainstorm the latest online methodologies for qualitative research.

Conference under development:
The qualitative research landscape has evolved dramatically since the inception of Web 2.0/3.0. Researchers can now perform qualitative research using online communities, focus groups, blogs, ethnographies as well as social networking platforms.

Programme Committee:
Will Gibson, Institute of Education - University of London (UK)
Bibi Hølge-Hazelton, Copenhagen Centre for Health & Community - (DK)
Silvana di Gregorio, Research Consultant - SdG Associates (UK)
Frank-Thomas Naether, Managing Director - NMRC (DE)
Hung-Pin Shih, Department of Information Management - Hsuan Chuang University (TW)
Bryan Mark Urbsaitis, Department of Humanities - City University of New York (US)
Guendalina Graffigna, Post-doc Fellow - Institute of Qualitative Methodology, University of Alberta (CA)
Yusniza Kamarulzaman, Department of Marketing & Information Systems - University of Malaya (MY)
Jerry van Leeuwen, Faculty of Economics and Business Administration - VU University Amsterdam (NL)

Preliminary Topics of Interests:
>Implementing the beginning stages of online research: what are the essential steps?
>Integrating Web 2.0/3.0 into qualitative research: what needs to be adapted?
>Evaluating the privacy issues and ethics of conducting qualitative research online
>Developing participant recruitment strategies: what are the challenges and pitfalls?
>Overcoming the handicaps of communicating online without non-verbal cues
>Using social media in relation to developing qualitative research in Web 2.0/3.0
>Ensuring the quality of the data collected and controlling the related processes
>Generating new data sources and developing analytical tools using new media
>Determining the depth of online data collection: how far should we go?
>Evaluating the advantages and disadvantages of using online and offline methods
>Justifying the use of online methods compared to traditional methods
>Dealing with verifiability, accountability, and plagiarism in online qualitative research
>Developing a standardised research vocabulary for online research methods

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