Designing an interface for sharing quantitative ethnographic research data

Zachari Swiecki, Cody Marquart, Arjun Sachar, Cesar Hinojosa, Andrew R. Ruis, David Williamson Shaffer

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Recently, there have been growing calls to make research data more widely available. While the potential benefits of sharing research data are many, there are also many challenges, including the interpretability, attendability, and complexity of the data. These challenges are particularly salient for research data associated with quantitative ethnographic analyses, which often use relatively novel and sophisticated techniques. In this paper, we explore design considerations for an interface for sharing research data that attempts to address these challenges for quantitative ethnographic analyses. These considerations include: (a) maintaining the consistency of the interpretive space, (b) simplifying model details, (c) including example results and interpretations, and (d) highlighting key affordances in the user interface. To explore these considerations, we describe the design of an interactive visualization of the thematic networks present in the HBO television series, Game of Thrones.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationAdvances in Quantitative Ethnography
Subtitle of host publicationFirst International Conference, ICQE 2019 Madison, WI, USA, October 20–22, 2019 Proceedings
EditorsBrendan Eagan, Morten Misfeldt, Amanda Siebert-Evenstone
Place of PublicationCham Switzerland
Number of pages8
ISBN (Electronic)9783030332327
ISBN (Print)9783030332310
Publication statusPublished - 2019
Externally publishedYes
EventInternational Conference on Quantitative Ethnography 2019 - The Pyle Center, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Madison, United States of America
Duration: 20 Oct 201922 Oct 2019
Conference number: 1st (Proceedings) (Website)

Publication series

NameCommunications in Computer and Information Science
ISSN (Print)1865-0929
ISSN (Electronic)1865-0937


ConferenceInternational Conference on Quantitative Ethnography 2019
Abbreviated titleICQE 2019
Country/TerritoryUnited States of America
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  • Epistemic network analysis
  • Interface design
  • Quantitative ethnography
  • Sharing research data

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