Peerwith’s Data collection support services connects you with experts to ensure the quality of your data collection and compliance with data mandates. In this case study we meet one of the experts and look at his concrete experience. Meet BA Essam, expert active on Peerwith. He shares some of his experience collaborating on Peerwith:
Data collection is a general framework which usually implies gathering data from respondents. However, some researchers need more than just answers to questionnaires. My first connection on Peerwith was about finding specific articles that cover a social phenomenon from a psychological perspective. The researcher retrieved a plethora of studies in which medical and social perspectives were dominant (neither of which was relevant to my client’s field of study). I helped her by customizing a string algorithm to retrieve highly relevant data from SCOPUS. The client was so happy.
Other researchers need bootstrapping data from Twitter and Facebook to run a corpus-based analysis of the user-generated content. Being social science researchers, they may lack computational skills of collecting data especially if their dissertations/theses require posts/tweets of a specific population in a poorly resourced language. Compiling data on their behalf help to get their dissertation resumed. Examples of such data are event traffic, sentiment analysis and opinion mining.
The last type of data required by Arts and Humanities scholars is digitized fiction/articles. Some researchers are supposed to analyze the legacy of a writer/leader/political figure but the material is not available in soft copies (ebooks, PDF files or plain texts). I could help them digitize the studied data after providing a proof of using such materials for academic purposes.
To conclude, data collection support can be very valuable for junior and senior researchers in terms of saving time and effort as well as in bouncing a technical difficulty social science researchers are not supposed to handle, by their own computational skills, in their dissertations/thesis.
Completed Request (real, serves as example):
Request: “I would like to have a one or two page summary of each of the following, with DIRECT quotes and page numbers from the attached books.”
Subject: Arts & Humanities
Deadline: 1 day
Completed by expert Essam within budget and deadline with a 5* rating: “excellent”