tools for diary study

18 Jan 2010 - 9:00am
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Christina Li
2004

Hi,

Can anyone recommond me a good online tool for diary studies? Thank you very
much.

Kind regards

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18 Jan 2010 - 4:18pm
Anonymous

Hi Christina,

Check out

http://www.7daysinmylife.com/wordpress/

Cheers, Suze.

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18 Jan 2010 - 4:37pm
Anonymous

Hi Christina

depending on what you are after you might want to look at Tumblr,
which you can set up yourself and is pretty straight forward for you
and for participants. In the past I have used wordpress blogs (one
per participant) customised to allow moblogging but that was before
Tumblr was around. Tumblr will support various media types and mobile
messages which is great if you want people to actually be able to
share their activities throughout the day.

Chris Khalil describes his process here.
http://www.chriskhalil.com/2009/04/21/the-new-digital-ethnographer%E2%80%99s-toolkit-capturing-participant%E2%80%99s-lifestreams/

Our Mobile Diary case studies are documented here (but old tech now -
2006)
http://digitaleskimo.net/wp-content/uploads/2007/11/hagen_engaging-withstakeholdersmobilediaries.pdf

There are also quite a number of custom tools that have been
developed as online diary tools. Ones that I know of but haven't
had personal experience with include:
Revelation
http://www.kdaresearch.com/services/revelation.php
I have seen some positive feedback about this on other lists.

Piipl
http://www.piipl.net/index.php/en/ which is relatively new - this one
might be more online focus group and less online diary - I've only
quickly looked at the demo.

7daysinmylife is also a custom online diary tool, set up to support
the method of context mapping
(http://studiolab.io.tudelft.nl/contextmapping/) . You can read about
it here http://www.zilverinnovation.com/en/tools
It was developed at DELF though I am not sure exactly how you get a
license to use it.

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18 Jan 2010 - 4:47pm
Anonymous

Oh - scratch that last para - Suze has provided a better link and an
answer to my questions about 7daysinmylife - thanks Suze

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18 Jan 2010 - 9:12am
Praneet Koppula
2009

Hi Christina,

We have used forms on google docs for diary studies successfully in the
past.
- Users only see a neat data entry form (there are some restrictions on the
types of data fields google docs allow)
- Data is collected in Excel worksheets which can be downloaded and used for
analysis. (Again restriction being that a lot of manual data moving needs to
be done)

-Praneet

Can anyone recommond me a good online tool for diary studies? Thank you very
> much.
>
>

18 Jan 2010 - 9:24am
Adam Stevenson
2010

I conducted a diary study using google docs (forms for surveys,
spreadsheets for data collection). This was useful considering all
my users were remoted, and the survey rolled over many groups. The
analysis was a little cumbersome, but that is to be expected when
there were nearly 200 participants. It takes a little getting used
to, but it is certainly quite possible. FYI - I was collecting both
qualitative and quantitative data.

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18 Jan 2010 - 9:46am
Robson Santos
2008

That's a really good question.
I'm going to start a study in a few weeks and need something like this.
Recommendations accepted. ;-)

Robson Santos, D.Sc.
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19 Jan 2010 - 6:39am
Christina Li
2004

Thanks Penny and everyone for your very helpful suggestions!

My colleague recommended google docs too, I was kind of wondering..hmm, do
we have to use google for everything? Hence asked.

I will spend some time researching on the other tools

Cheers
Christina

2010/1/18 penny hagen <list at smallfire.co.nz>

> Hi Christina
>
> depending on what you are after you might want to look at Tumblr,
> which you can set up yourself and is pretty straight forward for you
> and for participants. In the past I have used wordpress blogs (one
> per participant) customised to allow moblogging but that was before
> Tumblr was around. Tumblr will support various media types and mobile
> messages which is great if you want people to actually be able to
> share their activities throughout the day.
>
> Chris Khalil describes his process here.
>
> http://www.chriskhalil.com/2009/04/21/the-new-digital-ethnographer%E2%80%99s-toolkit-capturing-participant%E2%80%99s-lifestreams/
>
> Our Mobile Diary case studies are documented here (but old tech now -
> 2006)
>
> http://digitaleskimo.net/wp-content/uploads/2007/11/hagen_engaging-withstakeholdersmobilediaries.pdf
>
> There are also quite a number of custom tools that have been
> developed as online diary tools. Ones that I know of but haven't
> had personal experience with include:
> Revelation
> http://www.kdaresearch.com/services/revelation.php
> I have seen some positive feedback about this on other lists.
>
> Piipl
> http://www.piipl.net/index.php/en/ which is relatively new - this one
> might be more online focus group and less online diary - I've only
> quickly looked at the demo.
>
> 7daysinmylife is also a custom online diary tool, set up to support
> the method of context mapping
> (http://studiolab.io.tudelft.nl/contextmapping/) . You can read about
> it here http://www.zilverinnovation.com/en/tools
> It was developed at DELF though I am not sure exactly how you get a
> license to use it.
>
>
>
>
>
>
>
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19 Jan 2010 - 6:46am
SemanticWill
2007

I concur with Penny, but then, I was in the same room with her at UXA
when Chris presented his New Digital Ethnographer's Toolkit - it's a
pretty extensive and flexible framework using mostly/all free tools -
I think it's just want you want to explore. :-)

On Jan 19, 2010, at 7:39 AM, Christina Li wrote:

> Thanks Penny and everyone for your very helpful suggestions!
>
> My colleague recommended google docs too, I was kind of
> wondering..hmm, do
> we have to use google for everything? Hence asked.
>
> I will spend some time researching on the other tools
>
> Cheers
> Christina
>
>
> 2010/1/18 penny hagen <list at smallfire.co.nz>
>
>> Hi Christina
>>
>> depending on what you are after you might want to look at Tumblr,
>> which you can set up yourself and is pretty straight forward for you
>> and for participants. In the past I have used wordpress blogs (one
>> per participant) customised to allow moblogging but that was before
>> Tumblr was around. Tumblr will support various media types and mobile
>> messages which is great if you want people to actually be able to
>> share their activities throughout the day.
>>
>> Chris Khalil describes his process here.
>>
>> http://www.chriskhalil.com/2009/04/21/the-new-digital-ethnographer%E2%80%99s-toolkit-capturing-participant%E2%80%99s-lifestreams/
>>
>> Our Mobile Diary case studies are documented here (but old tech now -
>> 2006)
>>
>> http://digitaleskimo.net/wp-content/uploads/2007/11/hagen_engaging-withstakeholdersmobilediaries.pdf
>>
>> There are also quite a number of custom tools that have been
>> developed as online diary tools. Ones that I know of but haven't
>> had personal experience with include:
>> Revelation
>> http://www.kdaresearch.com/services/revelation.php
>> I have seen some positive feedback about this on other lists.
>>
>> Piipl
>> http://www.piipl.net/index.php/en/ which is relatively new - this one
>> might be more online focus group and less online diary - I've only
>> quickly looked at the demo.
>>
>> 7daysinmylife is also a custom online diary tool, set up to support
>> the method of context mapping
>> (http://studiolab.io.tudelft.nl/contextmapping/) . You can read about
>> it here http://www.zilverinnovation.com/en/tools
>> It was developed at DELF though I am not sure exactly how you get a
>> license to use it.
>>
>>
>>
>>
>>
>>
>>
>> . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
>> Posted from the new ixda.org
>> http://www.ixda.org/discuss?post=48409
>>
>>
>> ________________________________________________________________
>> Welcome to the Interaction Design Association (IxDA)!
>> To post to this list ....... discuss at ixda.org
>> Unsubscribe ................ http://www.ixda.org/unsubscribe
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>
>
>
> --
> Christina Li
> Founder, uiGarden.net (http://www.uigarden.net)
> Weaving Usability and Cultures
>
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