Strengths and limitations of technological solutions to data collection / gathering from a data quality (in particular: validity + credibility) standpoint

Keywords: Credibility, Data Gathering, Online Research, Qualitative Research, Quality Standards, Research Design & Methods, Technological Solutions, Total Quality Framework and tagged Credibility, online research, qualitative research design, Total Quality Framework, validity

Potential drawbacks to any technological solution, including those associated with:

  • Difficulty managing analysis due to lots and lots of data (in volume & formats);
  • Fraud, misrepresentation – “Identity is fluid and potentially multiple on the Internet” (James and Bushner, 2009, p. 35) and people may not share certain images or video that reveal something “embarrassing” about themselves**; and
  • Security, confidentiality, anonymity (e.g., data storage, de-identification).


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