By Ted J. Gaiser, Anthony E. Schreiner

A consultant to utilizing know-how in examine is designed to aid scholars, teachers, and practitioner researchers in utilizing expertise as a part of their examine. The ebook starts off via what inquiries to ask and the way to organize to behavior on-line examine, then concentrates on specific applied sciences and the way to hire them successfully, earlier than concluding with a dialogue of the peculiarities of undertaking examine within the on-line atmosphere.

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When a volunteer is recruited for an online focus group or interview, the individual is being asked to be exposed to some level of risk that a researcher has little to no control over. Text is often retrievable even when it was not intentionally archived. Those with the technological knowledge and interest will have access to a great deal of information about the participant, whether or not the researcher provides permission. The Rimm study provides an illustration of the debate regarding the use of online data.

In this way, if data are compromised, identities may still be protected. qxp 2/5/2009 8:07 PM Page 35 RESEARCH STANDARDS AND ETHICAL CONSIDERATIONS Issues pertaining to data storage can vary according to technologies available, technologies employed, discipline and even country. There might be requirements for how long data are stored, how these are stored, and who is responsible for storing these. For example, in Australia the Freedom of Information Act suggests that institutions, not researchers, are responsible for long-term data storage.

Informed consent, confidentiality, anonymity, privacy, the nature of what constitutes private and public spaces, virtual personae, copyright, and more, take on new meanings and require fresh insights when you are conducting research in the online environment. Most online methods books will include comments on the topic of ethical challenges, such as Annette Markham’s (1998) discussion about being honest about her age online, or Christine Hine’s (2000) discussion of self-disclosure – or not – as an active participant/researcher in an online newsgroup.

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