Hi Ed --

I am happy to beta test this for you ( I think). Just let me know how long
it takes and until when I have to do it.



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on 7/11/02 8:41 AM, Ed Brent at [log in to unmask] wrote:

> Below is a copy of an earlier announcement seeking beta testers for Qualrus, a
> qualitative analysis program using intelligent strategies to help researchers
> code, analyze, and apply qualitative or unstructured data.  This may be
> helpful to researchers who do observational or document studies of networks.
> We have just posted the final revision to the beta version for review.  Our
> beta testing process will end in one month.  So this is your last opportunity
> to review a fully functional complete version of the program at no expense.
> If you are interested, you can sign up using the web interface at the links
> shown below.
> Thanks for your time.
> Ed Brent
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: Ed Brent <mailto:[log in to unmask]>
> Subject: seeking learning and instruction researchers to betatest a new kind
> of qualitative analysis program
> We are seeking beta testers for a new qualitative analysis program, Qualrus.
> This program should be particularly helpful for analyzing field notes,
> observations, or existing documents in research.  It can also be used for
> novel applications including literature reviews and meta-analyses, managing
> multimedia data sources, and grading essays or open-ended questions.
> 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
> analysis, and 
> 3) permit researchers to tailor the program to their specific applications.
> 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 programıs 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 (  to complete our
> application form.  For a brochure describing Qualrus, click here
> (  For
> additional information on Qualrus and other programs for researchers developed
> at Idea Works, Inc., click here ( .  If your mail
> program does not support html links, you can copy any of these links and paste
> it into the address line of your web browser.
> Thanks for your 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
> Methodologistıs Toolchest, a program that helps researchers develop research
> proposals, distributed by Sage/Scolari.