CAQDAS 2014 Conference: Past Present & Future – 1st – 3rd May 2014

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    Christina Silver

    Past, present and future: 25 years of CAQDAS 

    1st – 3rd May 2014, Horsley Park, Surrey, England

    2nd Call for Papers


    The use of computers to facilitate qualitative analysis is not new, with the first packages becoming commercially available from the mid- 1980s. 1989 saw the first ever conference on qualitative software, convened by Ray Lee, Nigel Gilbert and Nigel Fielding. This conference, 25 years later, presents the opportunity to reflect on where we have come from, where we are now, and where we are going in the field of Computer Assisted Qualitative Data AnalysiS (CAQDAS).


    Confirmed speakers include
    Dr Grant Blank Oxford Internet Institute, University of Oxford, UK

    Professor Nigel Fielding CAQDAS Networking Project, University of Surrey, UK

    Professor Simon Lindgren Department of Sociology, Umea University, Sweden

    Professor Clive Seale Department of Sociology, Brunel University, UK


    For more information see the website


    Abstract submissions

    We invite abstract submissions for oral paper presentations and posters around the following themes:

    1. The role of methods teaching in learning to use qualitative software
    2. Software supported visual analysis
    3. Big data, social media analysis, text mining 
    4. Software supported mixing of methods
    5. Collaborative working in the context of qualitative technology
    6. Writing and representing qualitative findings


    Abstracts must:

    –          Not exceed 300 words

    –          Have a clear title and state which conference theme they fit into

    –          State authors’ name, organisational affiliation and role (e.g. student, research fellow, lecturer etc.)

    –          State whether the abstract proposal is for an oral paper presentation or a poster

    –          Be written concisely and clearly in English

    –          Be submitted as a one page MS Word document (not a PDF) to

    –          Be submitted by Friday 31st January 2014


    Please note we will NOT be accepting oral papers describing the results of research undertaken using qualitative software. The focus is on the innovative use of software itself – i.e. for particular methodological approaches, types of data, project dynamics or representing findings; on ways in which CAQDAS packages are being taught; implications arising from developments in the field; or limitations of CAQDAS tools for particular approaches.


    Proposals will be reviewed by the programme committee and external advisors expert in the six themes of the conference. Reviewers are:

    Jeanine Evers  Evers Research & Training, Den Haag, the Netherlands
    Graham Gibbs  Dept. of Behavioural and Social Sciences, University of Huddersfield, UK
    Aine Humble, Family Studies and Gerontology, Mount St Vincent University, Halifax, Canada
    Jennifer Patashnick Qualitative Data Analysis Services, Boston, US
    Christina Silver CAQDAS Networking Project, Guildford, United Kingdom


    Conference proceedings

    It is the intention to publish proceedings of the conference. Details will be provided once arrangements have been finalised.


    Software break-outs

    Representatives from many leading CAQDAS software companies will be at the conference and several software companies are sponsoring the event. There will be opportunities for delegates to meet with developers, to find out about future developments and receive advice about the use of software tools. 


    Best wishes



    Dr Christina Silver

    CAQDAS Networking Project, Day Courses in Social Research

    Department of Sociology, University of Surrey

    Guildford, GU2 7XH, UK


    CAQDAS 2014 Conference : 25 Years of CAQDAS – 1st – 3rd May 2014


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