16.305 research methods: Internet ethics

From: Humanist Discussion Group (by way of Willard McCarty (w.mccarty@btinternet.com)
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                   Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 16, No. 305.
           Centre for Computing in the Humanities, King's College London
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             Date: Wed, 30 Oct 2002 06:28:28 +0000
             From: Charles Ess <cmess@lib.drury.edu>
             Subject: Re: 16.303 research methods


    Let me also note two online resources on Internet research ethics that may
    be of value.


    is a collection of essays from researchers and ethicists across the
    disciplines - including the humanities - and from a variety of countries,
    based on a panel on Internet research at the Computer Ethics: Professional
    Enquiries (CEPE) conference last December in Lancaster, sponsored by the
    (U.S.) National Science Foundation. (I also provide an overview - follow
    the link from the brief introduction on the opening page - of not only the
    specific articles but also larger patterns in the development of Internet
    research ethics as a field.)
    These essays will also appear soon as a special issue of _Ethics and
    Information Technology_

    the most recent report of the ethics working committee of the Association of
    Internet Researchers is available at

    It will be of interest to HUMANIST readers, again, because it calls
    attention to important differences between the social sciences and the
    humanities with regard to ethical approaches to online research.

    Comments and suggestions also welcome!


    Charles Ess
    Director, Interdisciplinary Studies Center
    Drury University
    900 N. Benton Ave. Voice: 417-873-7230
    Springfield, MO 65802 USA FAX: 417-873-7435
    Home page: http://www.drury.edu/ess/ess.html
    Co-chair, CATaC 2002: http://www.it.murdoch.edu.au/~sudweeks/catac02/

    Exemplary persons seek harmony, not sameness. -- Analects 13.23

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    > Date: Tue, 29 Oct 2002 07:00:14 +0000
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    > Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 16, No. 303.
    > Centre for Computing in the Humanities, King's College London
    > www.kcl.ac.uk/humanities/cch/humanist/
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    > Date: Tue, 29 Oct 2002 06:54:23 +0000
    > From: Willard McCarty <w.mccarty@btinternet.com>
    > Subject: research methods
    > In response to Charles Faulhaber's query for help with teaching a research
    > methods course. I would suppose that as his course is being offered by a
    > department of Spanish, it will need to have all of its examples drawn from
    > that disciplinary area. But to the (large) extent it is about
    > computer-assisted & -affected research, it can draw on courses in
    > humanities computing with or without a specific disiplinary focus. The
    > curricula of our undergraduate minor programme,
    > http://www.kcl.ac.uk/humanities/cch/undergraduate.html, our new
    > introductory module, http://www.kcl.ac.uk/humanities/cch/AY1003/, and our
    > MA, www.kcl.ac.uk/humanities/cch/ma/, should therefore be grist to his
    > mill. Courses taught at other centres can be discovered through the
    > directory to institutional forms of humanities computing that Matt
    > Kirschenbaum and I have put together,
    > http://www.kcl.ac.uk/humanities/cch/allc/archive/hcim/hcim-021009.htm
    > (current draft only).
    > At induction sessions, both for undergraduates and postgraduate students, I
    > usually put up a table showing a highly generalized scheme for the research
    > process, against each stage of which is a list of the computing tools and
    > techniques that apply at that stage. I've found this a useful way to think
    > in designing and presenting a curriculum. (Of course no one scheme fits all
    > people nor all projects done by one person or even, strictly speaking, any
    > one project, really, but having one does provide a good jumping-off point.)
    > I usually emphasize the parts of the process (such as thinking about and
    > assimilating the results of research) which cannot in principle be helped
    > directly. Best way to make friends among the sceptical.
    > Yours,
    > WM
    > Dr Willard McCarty | Senior Lecturer | Centre for Computing in the
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