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Augmenting data traditions

Review of Narratives and Counternarratives on Data Sharing in Africa


Dr. Tamaro J. Green

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2021-03-11 19:21:18 viewed: 525


With data science becoming a standard tool to apply in many fields, the transition from nascent to established research is consistent with new fields of science.  Narratives and Counternarratives on Data Sharing in Africa, Counternarratives, suggest that a new research methodology can complement qualitative research techniques.   Counternarratives, explores the possibility of expert interviewees providing testimonials as fictitious examples to give character to their explanation of areas of science.  The ability to provide examples through storytelling can also be supportive to mixed methods research.  Explanatory or exploratory research can include a story telling approach to support the qualitative component of mixed methods research.  Expert storytelling may sometimes be a more informative process than open-ended interview questions.  Storytelling may challenge the researcher in identifying themes among the interviewee stories.  Abebe et al. (2021) , in Counternarratives, provides an excellent example of themes that could be sown through the analysis of storytelling research.  The storytelling research approach could establish itself as a methodology for exploring the border of technology and culture.


Abebe, R., Aruleba, K., Birhane, A., Kingsley, S., Obaido, G., Remy, S. L., & Sadagopan, S. (2021, March 3–10, 2021). Narratives and Counternarratives on Data Sharing in Africa. Paper presented at the FAccT ’21, Virtual Event, Canada.


Dr. Tamaro Green is a computer science researcher and the founder of TJG Web Services.  TJG Web Services, LLC is a consulting firm in the field of information technology.  Dr. Green writes on topics of privacy, security, and ethics in information technology and computer science.

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