New Technology and Tools to Enhance Collaborative Video Analysis in Live ‘Data Sessions’

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Paul McIlvenny


The live ‘data session’ is arguably a significant collaborative practice amongst a group of co-present colleagues that has sustained the fermentation of emerging analyses of interactional phenomena in ethnomethodological conversation analysis for several decades. There has not, however, been much in the way of technological innovation since its inception. In this article, I outline how the data session can be enhanced (a) by using simple technologies to support the ‘silent data session’, (b) by developing software tools to present, navigate and collaborate on new types of video data in novel ways using immersive virtual reality technologies, and (c) by supporting distributed version control to nurture the freedom and safety to collaborate synchronously and asynchronously on the revision of a common transcript used in a live data session. Examples of real cases, technical solutions and best practices are given based on experience. The advantages and limitations of these significant enhancements are discussed in methodological terms with an eye to future developments.

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McIlvenny, Paul. 2020. “New Technology and Tools to Enhance Collaborative Video Analysis in Live ‘Data Sessions’”. QuiViRR: Qualitative Video Research Reports 1 (December):a0001.
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Paul McIlvenny, Aalborg University

Paul McIlvenny is Professor in the Department of Culture and Learning at Aalborg University. He is currently research leader of the Centre for Discourses in Transition (C-DiT) research group. His recent research engages with Big Video ethnographies of a range of practices, including everyday cycling, mobility scootering, political protesting, human-robot performance and VR usability testing. His current concern is to develop immersive visualisation technologies (XR) to investigate the relationship between mobilities, embodiments, mediated social interaction and discourse in complex environments.

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