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Equipment and facility use protocols

The Digital Research Centre for Qualitative Fieldwork (DRCQF) was initiated in January 2002 to provide equipment, software, training and support to meet the digital technology needs of field researchers in the Faculty of Arts. Scheduling is organized by the DRCQF coordinator in consultation with the active users of the facility.

  • Faculty research projects will be accommodated in a timely fashion, subject to the availability of equipment. Priority decisions will seek to be sensitive to the time constraints of each project. Projects that need to be completed quickly will be given priority over those that have more flexible schedules.
  • Graduate students who are conducting field research for thesis would have priority over undergraduate researchers.
  • Graduate and undergraduate students conducting "practice" field research will be accommodated on a first-come first-served basis subject to the availability of resources.
  • In-house training initiatives will be conducted from time to time. Equipment and facilities will be set aside by the DRCFQ coordinator in consultation with the users of the facility.
  • Final determination of what constitutes an eligible project rests with Dean of Arts. Priority is generally as follows;
    • Research projects that are carried out by faculty, graduate students, undergradute students or staff in the Faculty of Arts.
    • Projects that employ qualitative fieldwork methods.
    • Projects that demonstrate the need for digital research equipment.
    • Projects that can be reasonably accommodated by the resources that the centre has available at that time.