Going beyond data collection in ethnography: Options for bridging the gap between researchers and archivists

Going beyond data collection in ethnography: Options for bridging the gap between researchers and archivists

Author: 
Wasamba, Peter
Publisher: 
Taylor & Francis
Date published: 
2012
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Journal Title: 
International Journal of African Renaissance Studies : Multi-Inter- and Transdiciplinarity
Source: 
International Journal of African Renaissance Studies , Vol. 7, No. 2, November 2012, pp. 4-17
Abstract: 

This article investigates options for bridging the missing link between ethnographic field research and archiving. It interrogates the place of archiving in the entire fieldwork process and the roles played by researchers and archivists in promoting access. While a number of reasons explain the gap between research and archiving, the article identifies lack of collaboration as the main challenge. Borrowing from the postmodernist theoretical framework, the article argues that archivists cannot detach themselves from data collection, because the decisions they make are not objective but personal and subjective. The conclusion and main message are that digital technology, in spite of its many advantages, may not deliver all that it promises to data collection and archiving. There is a need to complement digital technology data collection and archiving with traditional archiving methods because of the latter's reliability and cost effectiveness.

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CITATION: Wasamba, Peter. Going beyond data collection in ethnography: Options for bridging the gap between researchers and archivists . : Taylor & Francis , 2012. International Journal of African Renaissance Studies , Vol. 7, No. 2, November 2012, pp. 4-17 - Available at: http://library.au.int/going-beyond-data-collection-ethnography-options-bridging-gap-between-researchers-and-archivists-4