Duncan Dickinson

Duncan Dickinson

I am a project manager for the Australian Digital Futures Institute (ADFI) at USQ and work in a development team. We work on eLearning and eResearch software. I am very interested in work around software that helps people manage and collaborate qualitative data.

I have started my doctorate this year and am looking at the development of information systems for researchers, specifically in tools for participation with communities of practice.

Details regarding one of the projects that I've been involved in can be found at

My Posts

How to create an online community around your participants?

August 27th, 2010 Comments Off

The ADFI team I work with at USQ has been working on The Fascinator software and a project that I’ve been really interested in has been around working with a public memory researcher who’s been looking at a particular battle held during the Vietnam War. The researcher has a great relationship with many of these men and their families and they often supply her with photos, documents and other materials to accompany her interviews and the documentary she’s working on. The research become a part of the veteran community and her data and work is more that research – it’s a chance for the community to share its story.
We’ve been working to develop the software so that the research participants can connect with each other and the researcher by providing comments, tags and annotations on various materials such as photos. We allow photos to be tagged in a Linked Data manner that identifies people via their Nominal Roll entry as well as provide location information via GeoNames.

So I’d love to chat about what other developers are doing and how researchers are achieving this sort of work.

I think this probably overlaps with Anna’s and Baibi’s