QDAP lab was founded in the fall of 2005 by
Dr. Stuart Shulman at the
University of Pittsburgh. QDAP-UMass, founded in September of 2008 when
Dr. Shulman moved to the Department of Political Science at UMass Amherst, trains and employs personnel able to code
text from a wide variety of sources.
Original material for qualitative research and the
#bigdata text analytics research process might include in-depth interviews, open-ended survey answers,
field notes, transcripts from focus groups or Web logs (blogs), e-mails,
Web site content, social media from Facebook, Twitter, Google+ and more, the entire Wikipedia, results from database searches (such as LexisNexis™),
judicial decisions, presidential speeches, congressional testimony or other historical texts, and a host of other
unstructured but digitized text data sets.
QDAP-UMass employs both UMass
Amherst and University of Pittsburgh students, and professional staff
trained in using ATLAS.ti (www.atlasti.com)
as well as the
Analysis Toolkit, invented by Dr. Shulman. QDAP-UMass will continue
to develop and make available online tools to improve the accuracy,
reliability, and validity of coding projects.
Archive, filter, search and classify
the social web