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Archive for August, 2008

Staff Development Festival

Posted by Nick on August 29, 2008

Well, I’ve set my stall.  Almost.  A couple of Innovation North tablecloths, posters, leaflets and my brand new recoil stand.  Adjacent to the University Research Office for synergy.  It’s missing something though, je ne sais qua…it needs someone with a bit more artistic flair than I…

One activity that I intend to carry out during the Festival is ad hoc interviews with a cross section of colleagues about their understanding and use of web 2.0.  I plan to be relatively informal – grab a digital recorder and wander around with my mic like John Sargeant – then I can edit the results and post on here as a podcast; though I will also try to apply the principles of IPA and extract some meaningful data that we can then use as a springboard for more detailed exploration.

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Repository Developments.

Posted by johnrg on August 27, 2008

In the last 6 weeks or so the open source IRISS SRU interface for the Intralibrary Repository has been made available. We have been able to create a modified version of this interface that connects to the LeedsMet Repository, searches for a given term, and extracts and displays matching entries. So far so good. The next phases for this project intend to extend this interface to include an interactive tree like representation of the internal structure of the repository and to investigate the incorporation of the interface within a personalisable interface supporting access to both work related and socially oriented tools. Hopefully prototypes of these will be available for demonstration during the Staff Development Festival in early September.

Given the Leedsmet partnership with Google early investigation of personalisable interfaces will focus on igoogle, a customisable personal portal available with the suite of tools and applications comprising the google interface. By creating google gadgets encapsulating the project tools we will make available to staff a range of facilities that will enable staff to build an igoogle page containing a range of work related and social networking tools that reflect their needs and interests.

Once we have tools and interfaces for staff to engage with we will be looking for staff who are willing to use both and provide feedback on their usefulness, usability and customisability.

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Interpretive Phenomonological Analysis as a methodology for PERSoNA?

Posted by Nick on August 1, 2008

Or IPA to its friends…

I’ve just been listening to Linda Creanor’s Keynote from the recent Emerge online conference (23-25 June 2008). Linda was talking about the JISC funded LEX project and I think that the methodology (IPA) that she describes might be just what I am looking for to generate that elusive user input for PERSoNA.

As its fundamental starting point IPA adopts an experiential (phenomenological) focus (the participant as expert) upon which the researcher imposes their own interpretive process.

The principles of IPA are that it is an inductive approach (bottom up rather than top down); that it does not test hypotheses and a priori assumptions are avoided; it provides opportunities for participants to tell their own stories, in their own words, and in as much detail as possible; it aims to capture and explore the meanings that participants assign to their experiences.

A successful analysis is:

  • Interpretive (and thus subjective) so the results are not given the status of facts
  • Transparent (grounded in example from the data)
  • Plausible (to participants, co-analysts and general readers)

Here is the full LEX Methodology Report

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