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Research questions

23/08/2016

Research – answering questions. To start research, need at least one question.

Large project may have more than one question.

Too many questions – unable to answer them all, research will lack focus.

Generally, 3-5 related questions.
Should be refined to fairly basic terms:

  • Why does this happen?
  • How does that work?
  • What is needed to make this work?

Example
Tim Berners-Lee – lots of related research, all separate documents.
Experience: Hypertext (“Enquire”), networking, remote pricedure calls over TCP/IP.
Research question: “Is it possible to implement some way of linking documents together [wherever they are physically located] using hypertext so that you can jump from one paper to another?”.
Problem solved when bringing two technologies together in novel way.

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