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Methodological challenges to collecting primary data on Internet users in rural China
Carol Ting; Todd L. Sandel
2016
Source PublicationInformation Development
ISSN0266-6669
Volume32Issue:2Pages:117-126
Abstract

Despite its long term impact on planning, evaluation and documentation of Internet development, measurement of Internet usage is largely neglected in government policy actions in rural China. For researchers interested in evaluating government policy outcomes and Internet usage patterns in rural China, the only option is collecting primary data, which is resource-intensive and often fraught with data quality issues that entail many tradeoffs. Such quality issues have not been discussed in the literature in sufficient depth; this paper fills this void by discussing the challenges of collecting primary data on rural Internet users and suggests strategies for handling these issues based on the authors’ experiences of fieldwork in rural China.

KeywordChina Internet Users Primary Data Collection Research Methods Rural Areas
DOIhttps://doi.org/10.1177/0266666914529136
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Indexed BySSCI
Language英语
WOS Research AreaInformation Science & Library Science
WOS SubjectInformation Science & Library Science
WOS IDWOS:000369969800002
PublisherSAGE PUBLICATIONS LTD, 1 OLIVERS YARD, 55 CITY ROAD, LONDON EC1Y 1SP, ENGLAND
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Document TypeJournal article
CollectionDEPARTMENT OF COMMUNICATION
Corresponding AuthorCarol Ting
AffiliationUniversity of Macau
First Author AffilicationUniversity of Macau
Corresponding Author AffilicationUniversity of Macau
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Carol Ting,Todd L. Sandel. Methodological challenges to collecting primary data on Internet users in rural China[J]. Information Development,2016,32(2):117-126.
APA Carol Ting,&Todd L. Sandel.(2016).Methodological challenges to collecting primary data on Internet users in rural China.Information Development,32(2),117-126.
MLA Carol Ting,et al."Methodological challenges to collecting primary data on Internet users in rural China".Information Development 32.2(2016):117-126.
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