These days so many things get postponed… today I just managed to come home after some fresh air in the afternoon (it was my day “off” supposedly), made sure everyone had something to do, fire up the video chat application — to find that the online discussion has been postponed just minutes earlier. At least this gave me enough time to prepare dinner…
We’re currently using Jitsi a lot, an open-source video conferencing solution. On my GNU/Linux machine running Ubuntu, I had issues with using it on Firefox, using up all the CPU and blocking/freezing after a while. Solution: it works fine on Chromium.
Here’s a document that deserves more attention: doing fieldwork in a pandemic, a crowd-sourced document initiated by Deborah Lupton.
Isolation measures to contain the spread of COVID-19 means that social researchers who conduct face-to-face fieldwork (interviews, focus groups, participant observation, ethnographies etc) are now faced with the challenge of either delaying or re-inventing their methods so that they can continue their research until these measures are relaxed.