The Qualitative Research Commons and Studio (QuRCS) is a state-of-the-art multimedia research facility that allows for high-speed audio and video connectivity among multi-site national and international research groups. The facility was recently finished in 2010 as a Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI) infrastructure project funded under Professor Janice Graham’s Canada Research Chair. The QuRCS consists of a research commons and a studio located in the Clinical Research Centre on the Carleton Campus of Dalhousie University. QuRCS provides the physical platform for Dr. Graham’s innovative, interdisciplinary, and participatory qualitative research programme. Inspired by the traditions of medical and visual anthropology and ethnographic film, this facility enables interactive access among participants and communities in multi-sited research projects.
In QuRCS, researchers are able to do the following:
- Live, continuous (24/7) multi-site internet video-connections (up to 12 sites)
- One-way “streaming” (broadcasting) of video sessions for large audiences
- Live, multi-site data conferencing for teaching and presentation purposes
- Digital video recording of live and off-line performances for later analysis
- Conduct qualitative research analyses using the most recent software