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Contextual instantiation of indigenous domain knowledge: An e-science approach

A research project of the Department of Anthropology, part of the Anthropology in Development and Public Culture in Theory and Practice research groups.


This demonstrator project approaches e-social science research support using a largely interactive, qualitative approach. We will develop support for qualitative data and software components that address interactive collection and aggregation of data within the fieldwork segment, access to and aggregation of external data from the field site, and consolidation, analysis, modelling and dissemination from our institutional bases. This will be most visible as a distributed generalised Qualitative Data Analysis (QDA) framework that will support data collection and integration, layering, aggregation and collaborative analysis and dissemination within a grid framework and where possible within a conventional WWW environment, and in asynchronous mobile contexts, a common requirement in ethnographic research particularly where teams are involved.

Published Results

Journal Article

  • Lyon, S.M. & Magliveras, S.S. (2006). Kinship, Computing and Anthropology. Social Science Computer Review 24(1): 30-42.
  • Lyon, S.M. (2005). Culture and Information: An Anthropological Examination of Communication in Cultural Domains in Pakistan. Cybernetics and Systems: An International Journal 36(8): 917-929.
  • Fischer, M.D., Read, D. & Lyon, S.M. (2005). Introduction (to Special Issue on Cultural Systems, edited by M.D. Fischer, D. Read and S.M. Lyon). Cybernetics and Systems 36(8): 719-734.

Conference Proceeding

  • Lyon, S.M., Sillitoe, P. & Wilson, R. (2005). Implementation of e-science tools for complex analysis of human-environmental interaction. First International Conference on e-Social Science, Manchester, NCeSS.


From the Department of Anthropology