Ways to make order of the chaos of ethnographic data

Jono is a former colleague of mine at Jump Associates. In a recent e-mail to me I noticed a blog link I had not seen before. The first thing I saw was a nice little post called “Recording ethnographic observations: Five useful frameworks”. It compares different ways people use to chunk out the things they learned in the field, such as activities, environments, artifacts, etc . They are ways to start organizing the chaos of data. All pretty useful, and I do the same as well.

The important thing to remember when looking at these ways to chunk out data is that they are not roads to insight or analysis. Take a look at them, they are all tried and true methods to start, just remember they are not the end! He writes a lot of interesting stuff, so check him out!