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In: The SAGE Handbook of Qualitative Data Collection

Chapter 28: The Concept of ‘Data’ in Digital Research

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The Concept of ‘Data’ in Digital Research
The Concept of ‘Data’ in Digital Research
Simon Lindgren

The emergence and development of the Internet and social media has changed the parameters for social interaction. The transformation also changes how we think about research methods, and how we think about what constitutes data. Social and cultural research about the Internet and digital media is – due to its relative newness – a key area of methodological development. Our routine ways of going about research are rapidly transformed when one tries to capture the fast evolving patterns of sociality online and through digital tools. Research on digital media is – still some years into the ‘information age’ – giving rise to new methods, as well as new challenges and ...

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