About a year and a half ago, I got obsessed with an idea for a mobile ethnography app (iResearch?) that I sketched out and explored the feasibility of getting developed. I eventually decided it was a bad idea which would cost £5000-£15000 to develop. This was probably for the best. I’m certain a thousand other people had the idea and the odds of me losing a load of money which I didn’t have were far too great.
I hadn’t thought about it for ages until I stumbled across this earlier. Upon closer inspection, it’s a little different from what I had in mind (intended for participants rather than ethnographers):
Are there any dedicated ethnography apps? My simple idea was to develop something that used the native functionality of the iPhone (text notes, photos, videos, voice notes etc) and time/date stamped them, with the intention of maximising the speed with which items could be made and retrieved. Rob O’Toole (who I would link to but seems to have vanished from Twitter) suggested getting it built as a front end for Evernote. Perhaps I should have listened to him.