chapter  5
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Documents, Photographs, and Artifacts

Documents as Data Using a Zen Approach A Zen approach to documents, photographs, and artifacts encompasses consciousness, compassion, and creativity, as with any written word. Continuing with the frame of contemplative qualitative inquiry described in earlier chapters, we adjust to the document before us just as we would an interview transcript. I see documents, photographs, and any kind of artifacts as texts. They augment every story, interview, and observation and may actually serve to punctuate the meaning of a qualitative research project. I approach them as I would an interview transcript, for example. The same guidelines apply to using documents as to using interview transcripts and observational notes, and include the following.