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

Combining Digital and Physical Data

Nigel G. Fielding


Despite over half a century during which digital technologies have made a growing impact on social research, it was not until the 1990s that the term ‘research online’ emerged as a new field of social research methods. The year 2008 saw publication of the first edition of the Handbook of Online Research Methods and, as its editors, Grant Blank, Ray Lee and I shared with our contributors the view that although ‘online methods’ were of considerable and growing significance, it remained appropriate to regard them as distinct from offline methods.

In 2017, and at least in the global North, it is fair to say that at least one part of the lifecycle ...

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