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New and/or unique data-capture practices on a limited budget

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Paula Lackie
Carleton College

This is a collection of 4 special data projects that exhibit innovation in data gathering processes with human subjects that have solved or hope to solve some nagging issues while on a limited budget. 1) the responsible execution and processing of a survey for native ASL communicators – issues: interpreting cultural differences and applying scientific processes toward an interview-style survey, then interpreting these data into numbers 2) innovations in the census of 3 rural Bengali villages on remittances and perceptions of wealth – issues: survey design and managing local graduate students, mitigating a propensity toward data fabrication, data validation on hand-written survey forms, training and norming processes, working without much electricity and no internet access 3) experiences with non-technically inclined researchers conducting interviews and managing their data using smart pens – issues: making the process easy and fruitful while still technically responsible for qualitative data analysis 4) an experimental technique to capture data on paper and convert it to CSV using smart pen technology.

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