Ethnographic Approaches in Information Science Research

Location and time

Pinni B3109, central campus, Tampere University (Kanslerinrinne 1, Tampere),  plus online (Zoom link to be delivered later) at 9-16


Registration is open until October 3rd. Please give information whether you will attend  in Tampere or via Zoom.


Professor J. Tuomas Harviainen, TAU


Understanding users, their practices and their communities increasingly require fieldwork by scholars. In this one day workshop, professor Harviainen discusses ways in which to conduct user ethnography, how to document user practices, how to organize relevant workshops for data gathering or information systems co-design, how to get  data from hard-to-access or marginalized populations, as well as non-users, and how to efficiently report ethnographic findings in IS contexts.


At 9-16

In the one day workshop, Professor Harviainen will discuss the use of ethnography in research relating to information systems and information interaction. Areas to be covered include:
  1. Ethnography as a field vs. ethnography as an approach
  2. Ethnography in digital contexts and in organizations
  3. Gaining access to communities for study
  4. Data analysis and integrity in ethnographic work
  5. Ethnographic writing styles

Credit points

Doctoral students participating in the seminar can obtain  1 credit point. This requires participating and completing the assignments (learning diary).

Registration fee

This seminar is free-of-charge for member organization's staff and their PhD students. For others the participation fee is 250 €. The participation fee includes access to the event and the event materials. Lunch and dinner are not included.