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Digital Tools Day | 17th October 2018

Covering the large scope of Qualitative Research themes and issues, the World Conference on Qualitative Research aims to be a platform for the exchange of ideas, innovative solutions, perspectives and research results regarding the field, both in academic and corporate contexts. To that end, we are dedicating the first day to the use and development of Digital Tools to support research.

Whether in academic or corporate context, new concepts and trends are shaping research work: Big Data, Artificial Intelligence, Collaborative Working, Visual Data Analysis, etc. The amount and variety of information being generated is increasing exponentially, which opens infinite opportunities for researchers and analysts in general, but also requires the help of technology to collect, organize, process and extract meaning from all the data. Digital Tools, such as software packages, online applications, knowledge databases, social media and others present new possibilities and challenges for individuals and organizations.

This Day is intended to promote the sharing of experiences and discussion on the current state of Digital Tools applied to research and provide participants with a view on innovative methods, techniques and solutions. Furthermore, it will be an opportunity to network and build new contacts.

Opening Conference Digital Tools Day | Invited Speaker: Christina Silver

Getting the best out of CAQDAS packages – the Five-Level QDA® method
Many qualitative researchers don’t use CAQDAS packages because they are concerned the software will drive the process or force them to conform to a single style of data analysis. But there are also many researchers who have mastered the art of harnessing the software in the service of their analytic needs. We developed Five-Level QDA as a way of describing what these experts unconsciously do. Five-Level QDA is not a method of data analysis, but a pedagogy for more quickly developing this expertise. The method recognizes that expert users of CAQDAS packages clearly distinguish their analytic strategies – what they plan to do – from their software tactics – how they plan to do it. The core of Five-Level QDA is a process of conscious translation between strategies and tactics that ensures that the needs of the data analysis, and not the capabilities of the software, always drive the process. In this session Christina will describe the genesis and principles of the Five-Level QDA method and provide illustrative examples of the translation process.

Closing Conference Digital Tools Day | Invited Speaker: Luís Paulo Reis

Text Mining to Improve Qualitative Data Analysis of Large Document Collections
Text Mining is the process of deriving high-quality information from text using analytical and natural language processing methods. Text analysis involves among others, information retrieval, lexical analysis, pattern recognition, tagging/annotation, information extraction, data mining, visualization, and predictive analytics. The main goal is, essentially, to turn text into valid information for analysis. This Talk introduces the main processes and methodologies of text mining to support qualitative data analysis of large-scale document collections. It aims to contribute to the steadily growing field of qualitative research facing the challenge to consolidate text analysis methods to be able to process vast amounts of text, in a semi-autonomous manner, using modern data and text mining algorithms. The talk will be illustrated with examples and results from recent LIACC projects on this area with emphasis on our projects on complaints analysis developed together with the Portuguese Government (Min. Economy/ASAE) and several projects developed together with large companies such as Twitómetro/TwitterEcho, VOXX, Time Machine, Financial Sentiment Analysis and Argumentation Mining.

Demo Sessions

The programme of Digital Tools Day will include Demo Sessions, with the duration of 1h30m (1h20m presentation + 10min Q&A). These sessions will be dedicated to presenting and discussing  innovative methods, techniques, solutions, research outcomes related to digital tools in any knowledge area, field of research or industry sector.

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Important: if you have registered for WCQR2018, attendance at Digital Tools Day is included. If you wish to attend Digital Tools Day exclusively, please register here.