Mr. Holmes and Wise Words for Research

I went to see Mr. Holmes yesterday at one of my favourite cinemas in Perth, Cinema Paradiso in Northbridge. It was a lovely little movie, and a pleasant Sunday afternoon experience.

A sentence by Holmes (played by the great Ian McKellen) hit me. To me, it captures something rather sublime, and stands right in the centre of the tumultuous field of different research traditions (and when I say traditions, I mean it with all the connotations the word holds):

I had successfully deducted all the facts of her case, but failed to interpret their meaning.

– Sherlock Holmes

Weekly research project bulletin 9.7.2015

During the last two weeks I’ve been conducting interviews for the phenomenological study of 3D virtual training environments. I’ve had pretty interesting discussions with the users. So this week’s been mostly about transcribing interviews – which sort of gives you a back, neck, elbow and wrist pain. Some themes are already starting to emerge, but I want to keep them at bay until I have transcribed everything and not jump into conclusions. Well, if I did, that would sort of be against the chosen descriptive phenomenological approach to analysis with bracketing and everything.

I’m doing the transcription myself, by hand. So no Dragon Dictate for me. The reason I am doing it like this is that I learned it already during my Masters research and one other research project that such a process gets you well immersed in the data. You become more one with it when you go through it several times. And boy, when you transcribe it, you really go through it several times. So that’s a good thing instead of a “process to be optimised”. Naturally if I had 50 people to be transcribed (and I can count roughtly 1 to 6 ratio for a transcription time, i.e. 1 hour of audio takes about 6 hours to transcribe), I probably would have to think other options too.


Just received a confirmation that a paper, “The Lived Experience of an Authentic Context in Virtual Environments: First Steps of a Descriptive Phenomenological Analysis in a Safety Training Setting“, co-authored with Hanna Teras and Torsten Reiners got accepted in the AACE 2015 E-Learn–World Conference on E-Learning.

It’s also that time of the year when Curtin Business School is having the annual 2-day Colloquium. I attended last year with a poster, which even won the best poster award. Full paper and a poster this year as now the research project is a bit further. Based on a paper by Randolph (2009), I used a phenomenological approach also to a part of the literature review in how research in human-computer interaction and especially in 3D virtual environments has described ’embodiment’. Hope to have some interesting results to present about this, and of the actual process of conducting it, at the colloquium.


Randolph, J. J. (2009). A Guide to Writing the Dissertation Literature Review. Practical Assessment, Research & Evaluation, 14(13), 1–13. doi:10.1306/D426958A-2B26-11D7-8648000102C1865D

CIE – Center for Internet Excellence

This morning I read from Kauppalehti about CIE [Center for Internet Excellence], a newly established center in Oulu Finland, where academics, researchers and business people can do collaborative work. If you’re interested, read more from their site

I think the idea is great and believe we really need more things like this in the contemporary world. Let research and business world unite!

After reading I began to wonder, why haven’t I heard about this before? Is it again, that Finns have [accidentally] tried to hide this before they launch it, a stupid mistake they often like to do here with new innovations and ideas? It can’t be that I don’t follow my field’s news, because I know I sometimes do it even too much. So, why haven’t Finnish news sites written about this? This is important!

In cases like these we could learn so much from the Americans; they know how to do the hype and know how to talk about their stuff, with head up.

If I understand correctly, one mission of CIE platform is to help start-ups to grow and evolve. I sure hope there are people who can open their mouths and really market them correctly.

CIE had their grand opening yesterday and I wish the best of luck to them!