I am undertaking a similar exercise for one of the Jisc lists - 5 years
worth of discussion. In this instance I contacted Jisc who helpfully
zipped together each year's discussion in RTF. This is OK but a
significant amount of data cleaning has had to take place in order to
remove repetitive threads and the scrambled attachment data. I now
intend to use NVivo to code the discussion as it is clear that many
respondents hit the 'reply' button to an e-mail to address other topics,
so the subject heading of an e-mail is not always representative of the
Learning & Teaching
University College Falmouth
From: qual-software [mailto:[log in to unmask]] On Behalf Of
Nicholas J.S. Gibson
Sent: 29 November 2007 07:56
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Subject: Re: Retrieving forum discussions
If you use Firefox, then the Zotero plugin could do what you want. See
> Date: Wed, 28 Nov 2007 16:05:16 +0200
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> Subject: Retrieving forum discussions
> Do you know of ways to collect information from web discussion boards,
> to be later analysed using suitable qual-software?
> If I wished to collect a lot of messages or everything from a single
> discussion system, I would probably program some kind of
> spider/harvester to collect the info automatically.
> If the idea is to collect info from many different forums while
> browsing the net, maybe something like google notebook
> (http://www.google.com/notebook/ ) or clipmarks (
> http://www.clipmarks.com/ ) or some orher, perhaps self-made ajax/
> browser plugin type of gizmo could do the trick.
> Or maybe simply just some copy-paste -scheme would be suffficient for
> many purposes.
> Any other ideas?
> How about clues for analysing the discussions? In atlas/ti -terms:
> what do you think would be the "primary document"? One posting, or a
> thread? Or is there some special tricks / programs for just this type
> of data? Google notebooks seems to offer tools for "coding on the
> -Timo Harmo
> Computing Coordinator, Fac of Soc Sci, U of Helsinki. Tel 358 09
> 191 24915