“Research is formalized curiosity”

The title of this post is a quote authored by Zora Neale Hurston and it gorgeously reflects what is scientific research about. Is represents the production of new knowledge, a scientific one, which is based on a proven research methodology. And here is one of my small contributions on how to perform it.

Back in 2008, after the successful launch of the BPMN poster, I’ve designed a second poster, related to Empirical Research Methods. Basically, I was inspired by the author of “The physics of notations /…/”, Daniel L. Moody, who performed a complete set of great invited lectures in the field of Empirical research methods on our institute some years earlier. Moody really enlightened me about how to systematically perform scientific research. Secondary, I wanted to have a clear picture of the research methodology during my PhD work.

“Research is formalized curiosity.” (Zora Neale Hurston)

ERM Poster_initial_draft
Initial sketch-up of the poster

Firstly, the Empirical Research Methods Poster was maintained via ITPoster.net project on Sourceforge.net, whereas in 2012 it has moved to Slideshare.

From 2012, the Empirical Research Methods Poster has gained over 8000 views, where it has recently been opened also for downloading. Similar to BPMN Poster, it is distributed with an open, Creative Commons Attribution Non-commercial No Derivative Works License.

The Empirical Research Methods Poster demonstrated as a useful gadget within my lectures entitled “Empirical Research Methods”, which are performed in the ICT master study program on the University of Maribor.

While the subject matter of the poster is quite stable, I have some ideas on how to improve it. And if you have some critique or ideas, contact or join me prior to its second release.

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