This program marks a significant departure from existing qualitative
programs by using intelligent computational strategies to
1) help with
coding by suggesting appropriate codes based on evolving patterns in data,
2) provide intelligent tools to address the common tasks of qualitative
3) permit researchers to tailor the program to their specific
Funded in part by a grant from the National Science
Foundation, Qualrus is the product of over four years of development,
consultations with many experts in qualitative analysis and qualitative
computing, and collaboration with Howie Becker, whose seminal research
includes many exemplars of qualitative research, such as BOYS IN WHITE,
MAKING THE GRADE, and OUTSIDERS.
While we have already developed a wide
range of applications of Qualrus to test the program’s capabilities, we would
like to test its capabilities across the full range of qualitative
research. We are seeking beta testers who have interesting projects that
could test the Qualrus program. We hope some of these beta-test projects
will eventually be the basis for examples we can publish on the web-site (with
permission of course) to help other researchers see the possibilities of Qualrus
for their own research.
If you are interested in participating in our
Qualrus beta test program, click here (http://www.ideaworks.com/QualBetaSignup.shtml
to complete our application form. For a brochure describing Qualrus, click
For additional information on Qualrus and other programs for researchers
developed at Idea Works, Inc., click here (http://www.ideaworks.com
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time. If you have any questions, email us at mailto:[log in to unmask]
Ed Brent, Ph.D.
President, Idea Works, Inc.
Professor and Associate
Chair of Sociology, University of Missouri
Visiting International Fellow,
2002, University of Surrey, UK
Idea Works, Inc. was founded in 1981 and
specializes in developing intelligent programs for research and teaching.
Other products include the Methodologist’s Toolchest, a program that helps
researchers develop research proposals, distributed by Sage/Scolari.