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)

Call for paper proposals: IJSRM on Digital Methods

We were quite excited to see this call for papers:

We are seeking to propose a special issue for the International Journal of Social Research Methodology ( )- an interdisciplinary journal dedicated to exploring methodological developments in international contexts. The proposed special issue Digital qualitative methods in social research seeks to explore how qualitative research is being undertaken in, on and with the digital.

Whilst there has been a growing awareness and literature of the ethical parameters around doing research online (c.f. (Eysenbach & Till, 2001; Rodham & Gavin, 2006) and of the means for conducting particular types of online work, such as ‘netnography’ (Kozinets, 2002; Langer & Beckman, 2005) or online surveys (Sue & Ritter, 2011; Evans & Mathur, 2005) qualitative digital methods as a whole remains an area which is expanding, growing and evolving alongside the technologies and platforms with which it engages. Those engaging in digital work are often navigating new paths, utilising reflexive practice to understand the intersection of qualitative work and digital settings and it is these experiences and practices that this proposed special issue seeks to explore.

We are then seeking submissions for this proposed special issue, which if successful would be guest edited by Dr Chris Till and Dr Esmée Hanna (Leeds Beckett University). We are seeking abstracts of no more than 200 words outlining the premise of the paper and key arguments, including the main qualitative digital approach or perspective the paper will engage with. Papers will be selected based on originality, contribution to understanding of qualitative digital methods and international relevance. Papers from all career stages are welcome, and the process will be as supportive as possible to facilitate the involvement of PhD students and ECR. Abstracts will form part of the proposal to be sent to the journal editors and will be published if the special issue is selected.

Topics of papers may include, but are not limited to:

  • Theoretical engagements with ontological and/epistemological bases of particular digital methods/methodologies
  • Critical and evaluative syntheses of existing qualitative digital methodological approaches
  • A demonstration of, and critical engagement of with, an innovative digital method
  • Reflections on ethical issues in the use of particular digital methods

Please send your abstract and contact details to both and by the 31st May 2017. If you have any questions please contact us at the email addresses above.