Originating from the aforementioned methodological challenges present in researching media and data practices or media repertoires, two research software applications have been developed over the past two years at ZeMKI in the DFG-funded project "The sustainable provision of software for cross-media practices and digital traces research", which can support the research community in overcoming these challenges. The programs, MeSort and MeTag, which were developed within the context of this project, support qualitative, digital research projects both in data collection and in the analysis and visualization of research data. More information can be found on the MeSoftware website.
MeSort is a web-based software application for the implementation of highly customizable sorting and mapping tasks. In its current state of development, it supports three different sorting schemes: on the one hand, the "Circle Sort" method proposed by Hasebrink & Hepp (2017), which is often used to explore media repertoires (image 1). Furthermore, the possibility of creating network maps (image 2) as well as the Q-Sort method. Sorting tasks can be implemented as part of qualitative interviews, but are also viable as stand-alone methods.
MeTag is a program for the collection, analysis, and the visualization of data from digital media diaries. It consists of two components: MeTag Analyze is a browser-based platform that allows users to create research projects and collect and analyze diary data in detail (image 3). Via the associated MeTag app, which is available for iOS and Android, participants can digitally document their media use via smartphone (image 4) after being invited to a corresponding project created in MeTag Analyze.
- Hohmann, F. (2021): Co-Creation als Entwicklungsmethode. Zu Möglichkeiten und Grenzen partizipativer Forschungssoftwareentwicklung am Beispiel der Sortiersoftware MeSort und Tagebuchsoftware MeTag. M&K Medien- und Kommunikationswissenschaft 69(1), 97-116. https://doi.org/10.5771/1615-634X-2021-1-97 (open access)
- Hohmann, F., Belli, A. & Hepp, A. (2020). Manual for media diary software: MeTag Analyze & MeTag App. In: Kommunikative Figurationen Working Papers (34). Open access available under: https://www.uni-bremen.de/fileadmin/user_upload/fachbereiche/fb9/zemki/media/photos/publikationen/working-papers/2020/CoFi_EWP_No-34_Hohmann_et_al.pdf.
- Hohmann, F., Belli, A. & Hepp, A. (2020). Manual for the sorting software MeSort. In: Kommunikative Figurationen Working Papers (33). Open access available under: https://www.uni-bremen.de/fileadmin/user_upload/fachbereiche/fb9/zemki/media/photos/publikationen/working-papers/2020/CoFi_EWP_No-33_Hohmann_et_al.pdf.