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    Heather Whipple

    • Brock University
    • Twitter: hhwlib

    I'm a geography grad student and the Data/Liaison Librarian at Brock University. Interested in all manner of intellectual and material borderlands, liminal spaces, and grey areas. Much prefer not having to pick just one side or just one kind or just one thing.

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    [no]pick one: quantitative or qualitative[/youcantmakeme]

    Friday, April 20th, 2012 | hhwlib

    I’d like to participate in a discussion about moving past institutional and traditional divisions such as humanities/social sciences/sciences, print/digital, and qualitative/quantitative when such divisions don’t support the ways we understand a topic, method, or problem.

    In Geography, I’m aware of Qualitative GIS, as an example, which brings together previously disparate qualitative and quantitative approaches in the context of spatial analysis. GIS generally falls into multiple categories itself, as a creation of geography and computer science, and as a method or tool used by many disciplines and professions.

    What other strategies and combinations are in play for other subjects? What kinds of obstacles (internal, intellectual, institutional, etc) hinder efforts to disregard such boundaries, and how can we get past them?