***** To join INSNA, visit http://www.sfu.ca/~insna/ ***** I suspected as much. We are interested in conversations in rural Malawi, your approach might be worth trying, and it's good to have an idea about how to reassure the IRB. Susan On Mon, 28 Apr 2003, Steven Corman wrote: > We had a HELL of a time getting this through IRB, as you can imagine. We > succeeded with heavy informed consent and anonymity guarantees, plus a more > creative move: We quarantine the recordings for three months, during which > time a participant can ask to have any portion of his/her recording > expunged. We've had no such requests, and after three months enough water > has flowed under the bridge that participants tend not to be worried about > the content of particular conversations. Also under no circumstances can > management have any access to the tapes. This reassured the IRB > sufficiently to get approval. > > SC > > -----Original Message----- > From: Susan Watkins [mailto:[log in to unmask]] > Sent: Monday, April 28, 2003 3:12 PM > To: Steven Corman > Cc: [log in to unmask] > Subject: Re: recording human conversation > > Have any of you who have done this had IRB/human subjects problems? > > Susan Watkins > > On Mon, 28 Apr 2003, Steven Corman wrote: > > > > > > > Some time ago, I published a paper that described and validated a method > for > > detecting face-to-face communication by processing audio signals from > > wireless mikes. See > > > > Corman, S. R., & Scott, C. R. (1994). A synchronous digital signal > > processing method for detecting face-to-face organizational communication > > behavior. Social Networks, 16, 163-179. > > > > At the time, the method wasn't really practical, but lately digital > > recorders that run for long periods of time have become available and > cheap. > > We've been collecting data in a small organization for about 6 months now > > using such a system. We're looking at the perceived vs. observable > > communication problem and are working on a model dealing with that. > > > > Best regards, > > > > SC > > > > ________________________________________________ > > Steven R. (Steve) Corman > > Professor, Hugh Downs School of Human Communication, Arizona State > > University > > http://www.public.asu.edu/~corman > > Visiting Professor, Fakultaet fuer Informatik, University of Karlsruhe > > (Germany) > > Vice-chair, Organizational Communication Division, International > > Communication Association > > > _____________________________________________________________________ SOCNET is a service of INSNA, the professional association for social network researchers (http://www.sfu.ca/~insna/). To unsubscribe, send an email message to [log in to unmask] containing the line UNSUBSCRIBE SOCNET in the body of the message.