Ok, so I was hunting for a journal target for a working paper.
I needed to find possible outlets beyond obvious A-levels.
Thought I would take a key reference and see who had cited it and then hunt THAT set of cites for possible journal outlets.
Web of Knowledge has some awesome cited reference search tools, but ONLY for articles.
So, back to google scholar. Found the reference, a chapter from 2001 in Social Capital: Theory and Research (that’s a sexy title).
Clicked on the “cited 568” link.
Now, I have a list of those 568. I don’t want social capital and health, for example, so next I nee to search WITHIN these for results.
First, check the “search within citations” check box at the top of page.
Then click down arrow in search box.
Next, you get all your choices.
Make sure you use OR in caps for multiple selections. Also, you can use truncated terms like “manang*”.
Voila! From 568 to 46.
I am still in the chapter on scheduling. I just read a few pages today.
Point 1. Eviatar claims a steady schedule is essential. This includes times of the week you always write, as well as times of the day. So far so good. He also writes that you need to honor your own needs. Writing is not like turning on a switch and some amount of warm up is a good idea. He suggests looking at email, making coffee, or whatever else “sets the mood.”
Point 2. You need to find your own best time which will involve some experimenting. This can take “weeks or months” he says.
Point 3. TO find your schedule it might also be good to start constraints; this means making a weekly schedule and marking through times you can not write and then starting there.
My thoughts. Again this seems so obvious, I chafe at the thought of applying it. I realize this is my own arrogance since even knowing it I don’t do it enough.
Having that set of warm up activities can bleed VERY quickly into full out procrastination.
I like the idea of finding one’s “natural” rhythm. But I am so used to beating myself up that my first thought was I have had years and years of self-experimentation. Fat lot of good it has done. On the other hand, to be positive, I started thinking about what I do know.
A) I can be very flexible. I have several ways to jot down tasks, for example. Instead of trying to pick the “one best” I just switch back and forth as mood suits.
B) I think short writing exercises- baby steps- do help me get momentum. These nuggets are part of that.
C) Early afternoon is the devil’s time. I never feel energized. That is the best time to get exercise, check email, clean up office. From 1-3.
D) I often seem to be productive late afternoon, from 3-5 or 6. This can produce conflict though with parenting and housework.
I think further experimentation is in order. And as a good empiricist, I’ll need to record observations to have enough data.
For some time now, I have been itching to get a good solution for qualitative data collection and analysis. I and my collaborators have tried in fits and starts to use versions of google sites, wet paint (a wiki tool that seems to have been over run with Glee and Hanna Montana fansites), and wordpress. Nothing quite stuck.
I have found some really engaging discussions of this from Dr. Michael Wesch’s blog about teaching ethnography.
Here is what I need:
- STORAGE: Web-based server/ storage for a range of files: text; captured web pages, audio files, images, and possibly video captured form virtual worlds with a browser or some other screen-capture tool.
- Can you record the video and sound from a VW interaction? Surely…
- PRIVACY: We need to be able to wall this material off from general web-browsing hordes and allow access only to a smaller subset.
- SEARCHABILITY: Most options out there seem to have tags. But these apply to the whole “object” (text file, web page, and so on). Such tags are necessary.
- In addition, I need a way to tag pieces or fragments of a file. When I encounter a conversation or some other data point, I need to be able to tag or annotate it an then find those.
- For example, let’s say I put a transcript of a chat in the archive. It has some metadata: world, date, researcher. This could include tags for that page. In this new data “object,” I want to highlight one piece of text and annotate it as “play, conflict, business model.” A different piece of text would be annotated “profit, corporate policy, emergent.”
- Later, I want to search for “profit.” Then I want a list of all the places WITHIN data objects where I annotated “profit.”
- The goal is to be able to search within files/objects for relevant fragments to avoid having to do tedious scans of multiple objects.
- Dynamic tagging: Let’s assume above is possible. Now, I want to dynamically edit tags. Let’s say I decide that all instances of “profit” should be re-named as “monopoly.” Can a set or bundle of tags be combined or rename? I know I can do this in delicious.
- Also, it would be nice to have some hierarchy in the tags, or bundling. So, if I realize two go together, I can combine them.
- Also, I would like to access the list of tags when I need to tag or annotate. So, for example, I have highlighted some text. Now I want to add some tags. To have a list or drop down box of previous tags will help jar my memory and also build a more cohesive set of tags.
- Finally, I would like all the tags, be they for whole pages or for fragments, to be one list. In other words, I don’t want two tag lists to maintain.
- COLLABORATION: I noticed when looking at Diigo that it has a feature in which multiple users can comment on a sticky note. Basically, this would allow me and collaborator to have a discussion about what a particular fragment of a file or page means. That is a very attractive feature.
So far, options to explore include:
Google Wave. Except it is no longer going to be actively supported. So, nope.
- I like the sticky notes where multiple people can comment on a piece of text.
- It has a search feature which implies you can search tags and annotations which is the same as their sticky notes (I think). This would get at all my searchability needs.
- I think I could combine Diigo with a private-type wiki. We would put our own field notes in the wiki and then tag and annotate public web stuff.
This is an interessitng tidbit from the site:
Everything you capture is automatically processed, indexed, and made searchable. If you like, you can add tags or organize notes into different notebooks.
How made searchable? Will this get at my tagging needs?
Ikiwiki: Seems geeky…
A friend of mine who does a lot with IT suggested simply keeping a database of google doc files. A separate file could have the tags for each file. I think this is what he suggested. Had the advantage of simplicity, but I am not sure it has enough of the features I was imagining.
Finally, it seems that perhaps some sort of wiki software could do all of this. But which one? (one tool to compare.)
UPDATE: I used the wikimatrix tool and tried to get the right set of options. I ended up with 40 (!yes!) to compare.
I wa slooking for a project for my undergraduate research studnet to work on.
The SL researchers listserv had a good suggestion.
He is interested in politics or civic discourse in virtual worlds.
Ideally, it would be a sim, island, community with either robust internal debate, or an explicit goal of being a forum, an agora of civics.
He would be doing some virtual ethnography to explore how expressiveness, community, and technology relate to political discourse.
And the first response form a Law School Professor:
1) If he hasn’t done already, he should read Tom Boellstorff’s book, Coming of Age in Second Life, which is a good example of doing ethnography in SL.
2) He might look into the Coalition of Democratic Sims (or something like that), which is a group of sims that have instituted some form of democratic governance.
I hope he keeps us posted on his work. It should be very interesting.