Live Fieldnoting: Creating More Open Ethnography

Authored by: Tricia Wang

Handbook of Anthropology in Business

Print publication date:  June  2014
Online publication date:  June  2016

Print ISBN: 9781611321715
eBook ISBN: 9781315427850
Adobe ISBN: 9781315427843


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In an essay published in 1997, “The Cathedral and the Bazaar: Musings on Linux and Open Source by an Accidental Revolutionary,” Eric Raymond contrasted top-down and bottom-up software design. Software code released in the “cathedral” model gives an exclusive group of programmers access to the code, whereas software released in the “bazaar” model gives access to anyone who wants the code. Raymond’s central argument is that the visibility and accessibility embedded in a bazaar development process allows a greater number of people to participate in improving software, and thereby produces better code. I believe that a more open fieldnote process likewise produces better fieldwork and richer ethnography.

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