Transcription blues

February 19th, 2007

Two weeks ago I had a window of free time, so I got ambitious and scheduled four interviews. Now I’m deep in the transcription blues. Going to Auckland for three days last week interrupted the flow, but I’m starting to regain some momentum. So far I’ve finished transcribing one interview, and tonight I’ll start on the second. If I’ve interviewed you lately and you haven’t heard back from me, don’t worry, I’m working on it.

Transcribing is a slow process (it takes me around three hours for every hour of interview), but I’m glad I’m doing it myself, rather than involving someone else. Listening to the interviews for a second (and third and sometimes even fourth!) time means that I can reflect on what I’m hearing, and think about what’s going on at another level. I hope that I’ll get the remaining ones transcribed by the end of the week. I have a couple of email interviews to complete, and then I’ll be finished with this stage of my data collection, and will be able to write about my findings.

In the meantime, I’ll carry on musing on whether Ranganathan’s five laws can be adapted for open source software projects. Next posting, the first law, software is for use.

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