How we understand and define qualitative data is changing, with implications not only for the techniques of data analysis, but also how data are collected. New devices, technologies and online spaces open up new ways for researchers to approach and collect images, moving images, text and talk. The SAGE Handbook of Qualitative Data Collection systematically explores the approaches, techniques, debates and new frontiers for creating, collecting and producing qualitative data. Bringing together contributions from internationally leading scholars in the field, the handbook offers a state-of-the-art look at key themes across six thematic parts: Part I Charting the Routes Part II Concepts, Contexts, Basics Part III Types of Data and How to Collect Them Part IV Digital and Internet Data Part V Triangulation and Mixed Methods Part VI Collecting Data in Specific Populations

Collecting Images as Data

Thomas S. Eberle

Collecting images presupposes that we know what an image is. On a common-sense level, we have usually no problem in identifying an image as an image. Images are obviously human-made artifacts that are perceived by our visual sense, which implies that they are unamenable to visually impaired persons. A number of different genres is known to every-body, like sketches, drawings, paintings, graphic designs, logos, cartoons or photographs. The activity of collecting images is widespread in modern societies in a great variety – some collect cartoons, or postage stamps, others paintings of a certain artist, epoch or theme, and many collect photos on their smartphones, tablets and computers. Collecting images can be done ...

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