Audio and Video Recording Techniques for Ethnobiological Research

  • Simone de Hek
  • Ana Ladio
Part of the Springer Protocols Handbooks book series (SPH)


The aim of this chapter is to foster enthusiasm and provide basic knowledge and guidelines for making the use of audio and especially video recording techniques an integral part of ethnobiological research.

Key words

Video Minimal video techniques Participatory video Ethical considerations 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Simone de Hek
    • 1
  • Ana Ladio
    • 2
  1. 1.Department for Information Management and CommunicationNational Institute for Agricultural Technology (INTA)San Carlos de BarilocheArgentina
  2. 2.INBIOMA-Instituto de Investigaciones en Biodiversidad y Medio Ambiente-CONICET-National Council of Scientific Research of ArgentinaNational University of ComahueSan Carlos de BarilocheArgentina

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