Research is hard.
Quick summary notes about progress so far - lots of thinking and ruminating and worrying, but feeling better today:
- Ethics submitted after several painfully late nights.
- Ethics came back with a lot of questions and a clear requirement to simplify scope and make permissions clearer.
- Chatted with supervisor, managed to narrow scope - remove log of data sources (would be a huge duplicate of things that exist anyway). Only retrospective collections in order to avoid changing behaviour. Was originally planning to get rid of the interviews too, but…
- whilst revising the ethics I worried I still needed interviews for proper context of the actions.
- also worried about if retrospective would provide enough info. After some review of sources - I think probably yes.
- Chatted with K, which helped emphasise to me that privacy+consent is always going to be a tough issue and sometimes you need to be more thoughtful than you had originally. I gained a lot of useful perspective. Also worried that just auditing closed sources won’t be interesting enough as a result of this convo. this combines with (4) to push me back over to wanting to add interviews in again. Another important point was that people are likely to ignore
@allnotifications on slack. As I mark 32 unread slack notifications read from a hackathon, I’m inclined to agree.
- Woke up with renewed determination and a plan that might work? targeted interviews based on slacklogs. Be prepared to remove interviews if supervisor thinks I’m extending too far again.
- Useful preprint for data sources: https://www.researchgate.net/publication/340687152_Leveraging_Data_Science_To_Combat_COVID-19_A_Comprehensive_Review/link/5ea55133a6fdccd794550d80/download - has useful text mining suggestions for twitter
- GISAID scraper takedown request - https://github.com/bioinf-mcb/gisaid-scrapper/issues/15