For my third Spreadable Media Artefact, I am writing about the Research Project on Stereoscopic 3D (S3D) that i explained in detail here. This is a research on viewers perception regarding the future of S3D. For this project my classmate, Sharon and I have chosen to get our primary data through a qualitative research method. For this method, we formulated a questionnaire in the hope of getting opinions from respondents. When this survey was ready and passed by Dr Patera, the next task was to get responses. For this kind of research to work out well, it requires a substantial number of responses to validate the results. At the time, an online survey seemed to work well with the time frame that the survey had to be filled in, result analysed and then write a journal paper on the the subject. Lectures from Social Tech module about spreadability came in hand. The survey was pushed on Facebook, Twitter and email just to mention a few. I asked my followers on twitter to re-tweet the survey using hash-tags; #3D, #stereoscopic #mscret. within 72 hours a hundred responses were realised and an online magazine 3Droundabout and Stereoscopy News picked this up and within 5 days they both had made articles in their magazines about why the research was being carried out and where to find the survey. Through social sites, relevant and influential people were able to pick the survey and they further increased the spreadability by positing on their website.This process proved very useful on the research by reaching a different crowd from my social sites of probably more friends and family rather than a different one, perhaps consisting of a professional crowd. Since carrying out this survey, I have had tutors and classmates forwarding links related to S3D, for example there has been a call out for a journal paper here,
I am considering sending one or both.
P Woods, Faculty of Education, University of Plymouth, 2006 http://www.edu.plymouth.ac.uk/resined/qualitative%20methods%202/qualrshm.htm.
A few weeks ago I posted a blog explaining one of my research projects here. This research in ‘The Future of Stereoscopic 3D’ has been a very interesting journey although quite involving. Sharon George and I have created a questionnaire survey using one of the online survey softwares, Qualtrics. We formulated questions and went through our supervisor for approval. We then made it live but the challenge was to make it available to as many people as possible from anywhere in the world. I have just realised that what I have been learning in the Social Technologies module has surely made the publicising of this survey link more manageable. The use of hash tags on tweeter has proved very effective in this operation. With the hash tags used for example #3D or #stereoscopic, the survey got picked by an online 3D magazine 3Droundabout. The publisher made contact with us to run an article in the magazine with a brief overview of the research why we are carrying out this particular research and also a little bit about us the researchers. The article can be found here. Another online 3D stereoscopy news website picked the tweets about the survey and made another article here. We are using social sites, emails, and even word of mouth and just letting people know where to get the survey. In 24 hours the survey had reached almost 80 responses.
When we created the survey, we included contact details and there has been very positive responses from respondents. For most of these emails, common is a question of whether we are going to be publicising the results and when. Considering the presented interests on the subject by the respondents, we will be publicising the results. Up to now we have 133 responses, and counting. We anticipate to close the survey in a week and a half’s time then start statistical analysis and then concluding on the research question ‘Is Stereoscopic 3D the future of Film making’.
The survey can be found here.
“The Internet is the most comprehensive electronic archive of written material representing our world and people’s opinions, concerns and desires” (Eysenbach and Till, 2001).
Since the Internet started, there have been a lot of information posted by Governments, Companies, Religious organisations and even individuals. To date there is an unbelievable amount of data on possibly every subject on earth, even questions on almost anything that comes to anyone’s mind. A million dollar question will always be there; ‘How much of this Data on the World Wide Web is credible?. Even after knowing how credible certain information is, how then can it be used in Academic Research.
On another hand, any Researcher can carry out an Internet Research. In many countries across the world, almost anyone can access any information by the click of a button, fair enough, with papers, e-books and journals, one has to reference when such information is used for academic research but when it comes to using Social Data, there are a lot of controversies involved. My tutor Helen Keegan explained to us in today’s lecture how important it is to get an Informed Consent before one can use any information gathered from individuals through the internet. This lecture has come at a very good point on my studying when my research partner Sharon George and I have to send out an electronic survey to participants on our Research; ‘Is Stereoscopic 3D the future of Film-making?’. With the consent, we are basically letting our participant know; the purpose of the study, possible benefits or harms of participation, how we are going to use the content and how we are going to protect their identities as well as clearly indicating how one can opt out of this participation. There is a lot that goes beyond this informed consent, the fact that we have to assess the risks we may be putting our participants in, if there are any and how we intend to protect them against such risks. Seems fair on both parties really, not mentioning being legal in this part of the world.