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9IPT: NCB Collecting Methods

posted Mar 16, 2011, 3:09 PM by Eddie Woo   [ updated Mar 16, 2011, 3:26 PM ]
Digital data collection has invaded our lives - leading to trends such as the 'quantified self', in which everything meaningful about us as individuals and organisations can be represented in an electronic format or medium. The reality of the Facebook page and its ubiquity (over 600 million active users every month) would have been inconceivable to a previous generation, let alone those who lived in a time before computer-based collecting systems and processes.

Yet for all this, manual collecting methods remain vital to the way we live, study and work each day - and despite advances such as the DER laptops, they still show no signs of disappearing in the near future. Complete the following tasks, relating to non-computer-based collecting methods, in your book or on your laptop.
  1. Explain why manual collecting methods are still a significant part of our everyday lives, and likely to continue for many decades to come.
  2. Describe the four primary categories of manual collecting methods.
  3. For each category, identify a computer-based equivalent.
  4. Compare and contrast each manual collecting method with its computer-based equivalent, taking particular notice of the advantages and disadvantages associated with each.