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

The Concept of ‘Data’ in Digital Research

Simon Lindgren

The emergence and development of the Internet and social media has changed the parameters for social interaction. The transformation also changes how we think about research methods, and how we think about what constitutes data. Social and cultural research about the Internet and digital media is – due to its relative newness – a key area of methodological development. Our routine ways of going about research are rapidly transformed when one tries to capture the fast evolving patterns of sociality online and through digital tools. Research on digital media is – still some years into the ‘information age’ – giving rise to new methods, as well as new challenges and opportunities ...

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