Backpacking research

Discussion in 'Media Links' started by edh, Nov 24, 2020.

  1. edh

    edh Thru Hiker

    Some of you have expressed an interest in this - our research in this instance is built around the use of technology in backpacking and we used the TGO as a study focus.

    The abstract is here:

    Whither Wilderness? An investigation of technology use by long-distance backpackers

    The article is not yet published and is unlikely to be publicly available when it is (the nature of academe in some instances).

    We are writing another paper in this series, largely concerned with information behaviour and also developing related strands of research.
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  2. WilliamC

    WilliamC Thru Hiker

    Where is this Whither Wilderness? Can you recommend some routes? :tongue:

    I have to say, it's not as witty as your other trip reports :(
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  3. edh

    edh Thru Hiker

    The actual paper is a laugh a minute.....all 11,000 words....

    Oh, I'd be very happy to guide you in some direction :sneaky:
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  4. Heltrekker

    Heltrekker Section Hiker

    Shame, would be interesting to read the whole paper and I'm sure it would be of interest to the wider hiking community
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  5. Robin

    Robin Moderator Staff Member

    Nice play on words :D
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  6. Stuart

    Stuart Section Hiker

    Could you share some of the findings, rather than the whole paper? "Engaging with key grass roots stakeholders" should be somewhere in the University's strategy surely?
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  7. simplerandomwalk

    simplerandomwalk Trail Blazer

    Would you still let us know when it's published? I'm in academia so I might be able to read it ^^

    (though it'd still welcome a summary, everyone should be able to access information!)
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  8. edh

    edh Thru Hiker

    I agree.
    I'll put something together.
  9. PhilHo

    PhilHo Thru Hiker

    Does it include sticking your finger in the air or flipping a coin?
  10. edh

    edh Thru Hiker

    Well it's mixed methods, but there are limits to the teams abilities :oops:
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  11. tom

    tom Thru Hiker

    @edh this might not apply to university publishing but if its anything like journal publishing small print in current common copyright publishing agreements (e.g. Taylor & Francis journals), the author(s) can make their work available in the form of an "original manuscript", i.e. as a text document rather than as a facsimile or pdf of the published article and it should say "manuscript" in the text document. :angelic:
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  12. edh

    edh Thru Hiker

    We are in JASIST; a Wiley journal, so publication of accepted versions is not permitted alas.
    Earlier versions maybe - but our paper changed post the reviewing process.
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  13. edh

    edh Thru Hiker

    So the paper is now published and we can share the pre-print with you.

    https://strathprints.strath.ac.uk/74644/

    This is the accepted version for publication – the actual version has some minor edits but is only available via a subscription to the JASIST journal.

    We anticipate more publications in this and related areas.
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  14. Ed the Ted

    Ed the Ted Ultralighter

    If anyone has trouble accessing papers PM me. There are methods.
  15. edh

    edh Thru Hiker

    :rolleyes: now now...:D
  16. Ed the Ted

    Ed the Ted Ultralighter

    I presume you know too!!
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  17. tom

    tom Thru Hiker

    Thanks for sharing. Interesting reading but also feels quite strange to read the sort of language, terminologies or methodolgies I work with professionally in a hiking contex. Reading this paper, its a bit like two (to me) quite distinct and separate worlds suddenly collide. Shouldn't surprise me really - of course papers get published on any subject but still struggle to shake that feeling of oddness...:rolleyes:

    Also noted that I seem not the only who considers OS maps quite unreliable ... :D
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  18. Robert P

    Robert P Section Hiker

    My favourite thing - the term 'serious leisure' applied to backpacking. So apposite.
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  19. edh

    edh Thru Hiker

    I'm in two minds myself - 'each man kills the thing he loves' is a phrase that often came to mind when I started doing field research on hiking.

    Having a corpus of data now helps - as I don't think about research much when on the trail.
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  20. tom

    tom Thru Hiker

    I don't have anything about research - its more triggering something about my double lifes .... Some of my colleagues and students know I spend a fair bit of time in the mountains but not really what that means. And there's just one hiking mate who is familiar with my "other" life... On my solo hikes, I sometimes develop conceptions and ideas which might end up in another paper but not too often :D
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