Help an academic organize interviewee data!
June 6, 2011 9:34 AM Subscribe
I'm a social scientist heading off to do a year of field research, which will include lots and lots and lots of interviewing. What tools to you recommend to keep all your interviewees' data straight, and to show how they are connected to each other?
posted by foodmapper to Computers & Internet (8 answers total) 9 users marked this as a favorite
I'm going to be interviewing a lot of military/Pentagon people, so keeping track of who belongs to what office and who referred me to whom is pretty important. I'm envisioning something like a social network analysis tools, crossed with a customer relationship management tool so I can keep track of my interactions with them.
It would be great if it was visually organized - eg. I can click on a person, and it will show me who they've referred me to, or click on an organization, and it will show me all the people who've worked there. I realize that this is basically a database query, but it would be really helpful to have it visually displayed so I can get a sense for the direction/thickness of the connections, as well as any holes.
Some customer relationship management functionality would be great, too, so that I can keep track of when I've contacted them, as well as documents and other things associated with that person or organization.
Does what I'm imagining actually exist? Free or paid is OK, up to a few hundred dollars. If the answer is "build a database", that's OK if you can also point me towards recommended resources, and especially if you can offer advice about any ways of also making it visual.