Open-Source Solutions


CAT is a service of the Qualitative Data Analysis Program (QDAP), and hosted by the University Center for Social and Urban Research, at the University of Pittsburgh, and QDAP-UMass, in the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences, at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. CAT was the 2008 winner of the "Best Research Software" award from the organized section on Information Technology & Politics in the American Political Science Association.


Blog Analysis Toolkit (BAT),which is a free, Web-based system for capturing, archiving and sharing blog posts. Blog posts are acquired via RSS feeds, and stored in a database where they can be accessed and shared by other researchers. More than 410 users have set up BAT accounts since April 2008, and collectively they have archived over 111,000 posts from more than 441 blogs. Users can add individual blogs to the repository or do research using samples from existing collections created by other users.


From biomedical, public health, and educational research, to studies in the behavioral, computational, and social sciences, effective qualitative data analysis plays a critical role. For this reason, we have created the Qualitative Data Analysis Program labs at the University of Massachusetts Amherst and the University of Pittsburgh. Accurate and reliable coding using computers is central to the qualitative research process. For new and experienced content analysis researchers, learning advanced project management skills adds hours of struggle in trial-and-error sessions. Experienced QDAP coders and project managers deliver the large-scale, value-added annotated data you need in a timely and expert manner.