Here’s the story of how we got interested in making field data collection easier to manage. Mary Margaret led teams of students as they photographed hundreds of letters and photos at the Flight 93 (9/11) National Memorial. Each night, we’d upload photos onto laptops and flash drives. At first it was no big deal. With her experience in managing large data sets, Laurel predicted that this would become a management nightmare as our data collection grew. Chasing down data, recording all the notes, renaming all the photos, and storing them was just the beginning.
“Surely someone has created an app for this,” we said to ourselves. And we set out to find workable apps that would accelerate the time to collect, inventory, analyze, and write about our field data. So thus began our journey to develop a tool that students can use for qualitative data collection that is portable, instructional, and time efficient.
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