Creating digital workflows workshop: June 3

Register here.

This workshop is intended for faculty, staff and graduate students, as well as those working in applied social science research contexts.

Now more than ever, technological innovations combined with the ongoing global pandemic are shaping qualitative research methods and methodologies in complex ways. This one-day fully online interactive workshop offers participants both theoretical grounding and practical guidance for developing a personalized digital workflow for qualitative research that leverages technological innovations in meaningful and reflexive ways.

During the workshop, participants will be guided in:

  • Critically evaluating and adopting digital tools and spaces in theoretically and methodologically grounded ways;
  • Transforming one key qualitative data collection method – interviewing – into a creative and accessible data collection method via engaging with digital tools and spaces;
  • Positioning qualitative data analysis software as a core component of a research workflow; and
  • Examining the ethical and political consequences of harnessing digital tools and spaces within a qualitative research design.

By the end of the workshop, participants will have generated their own digital workflow for qualitative research studies and considered key critical appraisal questions to guide future methodological decisions.

Workshop content is adapted from Paulus & Lester’s (2022) book, Doing Qualitative Research in the Digital World.

The schedule will include interactive small break-out room discussions as well as whole-group mini-lectures and application activities. We will also include regular breaks and a 30-minute lunch break.

Register here.

Special issue on the future of QDAS is out!

We are pleased to announce that the special issue of The Qualitative Report on the future of qualitative data analysis is out!

These papers were first presented at the KWALON conference in Rotterdam in August of 2016, and we are very pleased that we are able to share them in this open access format. Many thanks to Ron Chenail and the team at TQR, as well as our reviewers.

Love digital tools? Love qualitative research

Love digital tools? Love qualitative research? It takes just a few minutes to write a 150 word proposal for ICQI!  Be creative and submit a Digital Tools for Qualitative Research session by December 1st!

Submission AND early bird registration
Friday, December 1, 2017

International Congress of Qualitative Inquiry, 2018
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

May 16 (pre-conference day)
May 17 (workshops)
May 18-19 (conference)

Digital Tools for Qualitative Research

Bringing together qualitative researchers to discuss the role of digital tools in the ongoing construction of qualitative research practice.


DTQR special issue available!

The special issue of Qualitative Inquiry based on papers from the 2015 ICQI conference are now available. Here is the abstract of our introduction, Digital Tools for Qualitative Research: Disruptions and Entanglements:

In this introduction to the special issue on digital tools for qualitative research, we focus on the intersection of new technologies and methods of inquiry, particularly as this pertains to educating the next generation of scholars. Selected papers from the 2015 International Congress of Qualitative Inquiry special strand on digital tools for qualitative research are brought together here to explore, among other things, blogging as a tool for meaning-making, social media as a data source, data analysis software for engaging in postmodern pastiche and for supporting complex teams, cell phone application design to optimize data collection, and lessons from interactive digital art that pertain to the use of digital tools in qualitative research. This collection disrupts common conceptions (and persistent misconceptions) about the relationship between digital tools and qualitative research and illustrates the entanglements that occur whenever humans intersect with the nonhuman, the human-made, or other humans.

Thank you to all of the authors for their hard work on these papers! They include Jessica MacLaren, Lorena Georgiadou, Jan Bradford, Caitlin Byrne, Amana Marie LeBlanc, Jaewoo Do, Lisa Yamagata-Lynch, Karla Eisen, Cynthia Robins, Judy Davidson, Shanna Rose Thompson, Andrew Harris and Kristi Jackson.

Report on ICQI 2017

Many thanks to everyone who helped make ICQI 2017 a success! We had another full two days of digital tools sessions, along with several pre-conference workshops. Stay tuned for a full report from Kristi Jackson, SIG chair, and in the meantime here are some photos from the event.

*We are especially happy to welcome the following folks as part of the organizing team for ICQI 2018: Caitlin Byrne, David Woods, Daniel Turner, Liz Cooper, Christian Schmeider, Leslie Porreau. and Maureen O’Neill. Thank you all!

**Proposals are generally due at the end of November for the following May conference – join us next year, and don’t forget to tag your submission as part of the Digital Tools for Qualitative Research special interest group!


Another full slate of digital tools presentations this year!


Christiane Page from the Qualitative Data Repository presents on the use of QDAS for archiving data.


Kristi passes on the SIG leadership to Caitlin!


Anne Kuckartz from MAXQDA speculates on the integration of quant and qual data


Gerben Moerman shares his software for engaging in collaborative research


Several sessions this year focused on negotiating social media as qualitative researchers


One featured event was a Wiki Hack of the qualitative research wikipedia pages.


Building the DTQR community


Kristi proposes guidelines for reporting the use of QDAS in research reports.

Wikipedia hack!

One of our most exciting events coming up at ICQI is the Digital Tools Wikihack. We hope to see you there!


ICQI Digital Tools Wikihack

Join us in updating the Wikipedia entries related to qualitative research: A Hands-on Experience. You are invited to learn more about Wikipedia and how you, as a qualitative researcher, could participate in the generation, editing, and critique of the information available to the larger world about qualitative inquiry.

Event information

  • Date: Friday, May 19, 2017
  • Time: 11am-12:20pm
  • Location: University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign, Architecture Building, Rooms 205 (2nd floor), 608 E. Lorado Taft Dr., Champaign, IL 61820 / More accessibility information about building can be found here
  • Cost: Free, but please register (below)
  • Host: Ricker Library
  • Please bring a laptop and power cord with you

What to expect

We will provide tutorials for Wikipedia newcomers and an overview of the resource. Bring your laptop, power cord, and ideas for entries that need updating or creation. Stop by for a little bit or stay for the whole afternoon. No Wikipedia editing experience necessary!

If you are unfamiliar with Wikipedia, you might try this training module which will help explain a lot of things, including how to add your signature (by the way, signatures are created by saving four tildes [~] in a row).

See you at ICQI!

The final program is out, and you can find all of our Digital Tools SIG sessions!


Here are some important SIG events – hope to see you there!

Thursday, May 18

  • 7:30pm: Digital Tools for Qualitative Research social!
    • Joe’s Brewery, 706 5th Street (a 10-minute walk from the Illini Union)
    • The first drink is on us (while supplies last!), thanks to our generous sponsors: Atlas.ti, Dedoose, MAXQDA (Verbi), NVivo (QSR), QDAMiner (Provalis), Qualitative Data Repository, Queri, Quirkos, and Transana.

Friday, May 19

  • 11am – 12:20pm: Digital Tools for Qualitative Research Plenary
    • Join us in updating the Wikipedia entries related to qualitative research: A Hands-on Experience.  You are invited to learn more about Wikipedia and how you, as a qualitative researcher, could participate in the generation, editing, and critique of the information available to the larger world about qualitative inquiry.
      • 205 Architecture (a room just across the hall from the Ricker Library of Architecture and Art).
      • We strongly urge all who are coming to the Wikihack to bring their own computers, if possible.

Saturday, May 20

  • 11am -12:20pm: Digital Tools for Qualitative Research SIG meeting: We will elect officers, review our budget, collect feedback and plan for next year.
    • There will be time in the agenda for brief announcements and a table for the distribution of materials for attendees (feel free to bring announcements and/or handouts)