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Some Interpretive Tools for Data Collected from AIME

15 January 2015
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Screenshot taken by Dario Rodighiero during the development of the AIME platform

Robin de Mourat (doctoral student under Nicolas Thély, Université Rennes 2, financed by ENS Cachan) has presented the provisory results of his experience during 10 months of observation and participation at the heart of the AIME team. As a designer, he has conducted multiple trials which aim to produce digital observation tools capable of collecting the variety of feedback that arises from this complex experience in Digital Humanities; both from the perspective of its production as well as its reception.

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In the course of the trials and errors that come with this approach, several illuminating results for the enquiry emerged:

  • With regard to the analysis of reader statistics of the default interface of the platform, this study revealed a surprising loss of readers’ interest in document column in favor of the vocabulary column, and a rising interest in the contributions column over the course of the project’s development.
  • The analysis of the platform database indicated a clear distinction between a large group of inactive readers who use the platform’s proposed functions very little or not at all, and a small group of very active inquirers using the highlighting and annotation/contribution tools in tandem.

  • Through the questionnaire that was sent to the participants (the results of which will be communicated more thoroughly later), you see that most common experience with the digital platform involved searching for information to accompany reading the print book, and a recurrence of remarks related to having too little time to engage with the project and a need to use all of its aspects (print, digital, face to face) to fully grasp it.

Based on a series of semi-structured interviews with the team, he has developed a browsable qualitative analysis interface capable of revealing the difference in representations and perception of work done on the project among the members of the team. The former will be (among other things) the subject of an extensive review conducted with the members of the team during the first semester of 2015.

Browsing interface and playback of thematic montages drawn from the transcripts of interviews and films of the team members.

We would like to thank again all those who responded to the questionnaire!

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