ATLAS.ti is a powerful qualitative analysis software offering the greatest variety of tools for accomplishing all the tasks associated with a systematic approach to unstructured data, i.e. data that cannot be meaningfully analyzed by formal, statistical approaches. It helps you to explore the complex phenomena hidden in your textual and multimedia data. For coping with the inherent complexity of the tasks and the data, ATLAS.ti offers a powerful, intuitive environment that keeps you focused on the analyzed materials. It is a tightly integrated suite of tools that support your analysis of written texts, audio, video, and graphic data. The integration of its tools is designed to perfectly support the work flow of the qualitative researcher. Hence, ATLAS.ti brings to the job highly sophisticated tools to manage, extract, compare, explore, and reassemble meaningful segments of large amounts of data in flexible and creative, yet systematic ways.
ATLAS.TI – THE KNOWLEDGE WORKBENCH
The image of our software as a “knowledge workbench” is more than just a lively analogy. Analytical work involves tangible elements: research material requires piecework, assembly, reworking, complex layouts, and some special “tooling”. A well-stocked workbench provides you with the necessary instruments to thoroughly analyze and evaluate, search and query your data, to capture, visualize and share your findings.
SOFTWARE FOR CREATIVE ANALYSIS
A typical project deals with sifting through large sets of diverse documents, notes, and multi-media files, and examining and comparing such sources regarding a specific line of inquiry. While the technical side of selecting, and organizing useful portions of your data might seem manageable when dealing with just a handful of source documents, it can tend to become overwhelming as the number of sources mount. Enter a specialized software package like ATLAS.ti: It lets you extract, categorize, and interlink data segments from a large variety and volume of source documents. Based on your analysis, the software supports you in discovering patterns and testing hypotheses. With numerous output options and collaboration tools, your analysis is easily accessible to yourself and others.
SOME BASIC TERMS AND CONCEPTS
To understand how ATLAS.ti handles data, visualize your entire project as an intelligent “container” that keeps track of all your data. This container is your ATLAS.ti project. The project keeps track of the paths to your source data and stores the codes, code groups, network views, etc. that you develop during your work. Your source data files are copied and stored in a repository. The standard option is for ATLAS.ti to manage the documents for you in its internal database. If you work with larger audio or video files, they can be linked “externally” to your project to preserve disk space. All files that you assign to the project (except those externally linked) are copied, i.e. a duplicate is made for ATLAS.ti’s use. Your original files remain intact and untouched in their original location. Your source data can consist of text documents (such as interviews, articles, reports); images (photos, screen shots, diagrams), audio recordings (interviews, broadcasts, music), video clips (audiovisual material), PDF files (papers, brochures, reports), and even geo data (locative data using Open Street Map). Once your various documents are added or linked to an ATLAS.ti project, your real work can begin. Most commonly, early project stages involve coding different data sources. Coding is the basic activity you engage in when using ATLAS.ti and is the basis of everything else you will do. In practical terms, coding refers to the process of assigning categories, concepts, or “codes” to segments of information that are of interest to your research objectives. We have modeled this function to correspond with the time-honored ATLAS.ti 8 Windows – Quick Tour BASIC CONCEPTS 7 practice of marking (underlining or highlighting) and annotating text passages in a book or other documents. In its central conceptual underpinnings, ATLAS.ti has drawn deliberately from what might be called the “paper and pencil paradigm.” The user interface is designed accordingly, and many of its processes are based on—and thus can be better understood by—this analogy. Because of this highly intuitive design principle, you will quickly come to appreciate the margin area as one of your most central and preferred work space—even though ATLAS.ti almost always offers a variety of ways to accomplish any given task.
ATLAS.ti offers numerous functionalities that are either completely unique or clearly stand out from the rest of all QDA software packages out there. Here are just a few.
Meaningful Coding Hierarchies: The ATLAS.ti Object Explorer is a clickable tool that lists all work and connections between documents and their quotes. It shows connections of every code with every other code and provides sophisticated views of the coding scheme ( including all the interconnections). Of course, hierachical views of the coding scheme are also possible.
Grouping: ATLAS.ti lets you group codes without changing the coding scheme via its simple-to-use code families (shortcuts to codes)
Transitive Relationships: A unique and extremely powerful feature of ATLAS.ti is its capability of letting you define functional relationships, embodied in transitive (or hierarchical) links, such as ‘is a’, ‘part of; ‘causes’ etc. Its powerful Query Tool lets you retrieve data based on transitivity.
Flexible Searching / Retrieving / Filtering: ATLASti makes it quick and easy to focus attention on parts of the dataset without even opening its dedicated search tools. Double clicking on code and/or document families filters your work in various ways, providing great insight into the dataset without . Codes can be sorted in multiple ways in ATLAS.ti; this adds great flexibility to the ways information about progress and frequency can be produced.
< ATLAS.ti sports powerful search & retrieve functions with Boolean, semantic, and proximity-based operators. Searches always locate coded quotations in context which keeps you very close to the source data at all times.
Comprehensive Annotations: ATLAS.ti gives you numerous different ways to fully annotate your material. Attach extensive comments (even containing multimedia and embeded objects!) to any program object, i.e. quotations, documents, codes or networks. Or create standalone memos that become automous objects and are centrally listed, accessible and searchable.
Powerful Hyperlinking: Hyperlinking allows for precise point-to-point jumping around the dataset at text level. ATLAS.ti enables this very effectively for both text and multimedia, e.g. audiovisual data. In text the hyperlinks flagged in the margin view are easily navigated by clicking.
UNIQUE MULTIMEDIA CAPABILITIES
ATLAS.ti’s multimedia capabilities are and have always been second to none (remember that ATLAS.ti introduced multimedia analysis features as early 1996!)
Create quotations in any type of audio / video /
Annotate multimedia quotations
Hyperlink between multimedia quotations and text files (and vice versa, of course…)
Assign multimedia files like textual files as standalone documents
EASY TO LEARN AND WELL SUPPORTED
No doubt, ATLAS.ti is a sophisticated and complex piece of software. However, despite its many formidable capabilities, independent testers have praised it to be “very interactive and flexible” (Lewins/Silver, p.) as well as easy to get started with.
Nearly all activities that you will need to perform in ATLAS.ti are based on drag and drop: Linking, coding, and merging, use of the data managers and last but not least its fully interactive margin area are extremely user-friendly and work just the way you would expect it. There is simply no more intuitive and no more efficient way of working than the one you’re already used to from countless Windows applications.
A great manual and a live help system, easy-to-follow quick start instructions and especially a growing library of online video tutorials help you get started without too much trouble.
Our much-praised online support is included in the price of every license. And if you still feel you need more or more specific guidance, numerous independent trainers offer dedicated workshops all over the world.
These sources of support are available to you at all times:
Comprehensive Program Manual
From its first release over a decade and a half ago, ATLAS.ti has been hailed by users for the way it has been designed with their concrete needs and the way they work in mind. Here are a few highlights:
Interface: Any combination of functions can be open together, which allows equally for extremely comfortable and efficient work. A major independent study specifically praised ATLAS.ti for its “slick interactivity between different objects and tasks” which contributes to the high degree of “fluidity with which you can flick between views and functions.” (Lewins/Silver, p.) Unlike other programs, ATLAS.ti employs line wrapping of text when the window size is reduced.
Interactive Margin: ATLAS.ti introduced the classic margin view as early as 1996.
It is ATLAS.ti’s perhaps most central work view, and it facilitates work by providing an extremely intuitive environment that emulates a traditional paper-and-pencil feel. Your codes are conveniently in view at all times, even appearing simultaneously as you code.
Its ability to let you choose between viewing codes, memos or hyperlinks, or combinations of them is unique to ATLAS.ti and makes it the most intuitive and most flexible QDA tool out there.
Navigation, Units of Context: ATLAS.ti displays the widest variety of units of context while at the same giving you the most precise text segments at the lower levels (word, sentence, paragraph). Clear and concise points of reference (such as line and paragraph numbers) always make moving around–even large documents–easy.
TEAM-ENABLED, COLLABORATION-SAVVY, AND SECURE
ATLAS.ti is fully teamwork-oriented and puts special emphasis on supporting group work.
Its project merging capability is superior to that of any other QDA software because ATLAS.ti uses a stronger and more rigorously designed authorship model than anyone else.
Each object is clearly assigned to an author, allowing for flexible merging, filtering, and multiplication of projects. And ATLAS.ti’s strong authorship rights model also supports a concise security model.
Merging a project from a multitude of sources–local or remote!–is just as you would expect: straightforward, logical, and simple.
Various tools and functions make collaborative work a breeze–all the more when you consider that collaboration in most cases means several individuals primarily working separately on independent aspects of a problem. The crucial point is the software’s ability to exchange work between users and to merge contributions into a larger context.
ATLAS.ti has highly developed, powerful functions to perform all of these tasks reliably. Its Merge tools and its Copy Bundle function, along with its support for data access on remote drives and even through VPN, help you to master all aspects of collaborative project management and flexibly support the way your research team likes to work.
UNRIVALED EXPORTING AND REPORTING FEATURES
ATLAS.ti understands the necessity to sometimes re-use research results for processing and publication in other applications. It therefore sports the widest range of export and reporting facilities of any QDA package.
SPSS, Excel, and HTML are standard export formats for your projects. But they by no means exhaust the possibilities for integration with your IT demands.
Through its native XML output and and assisted by an extensive number of XSLT-filters that come included in the package, ATLAS.ti can export your complete data to virtually ANY application. By supporting the open standard XML, ATLAS.ti is the first QDA tool to create a platform for the universal exchange, storage, and processing of QDA data.
Formats that can be supported by implementing this standard are as manifold as their intended purposes: Elegant reporting on- and offline, professional pre-print, conversion into the most diverse application formats, and many more.
ATLAS.ti comes with several dozens filters for reporting, exchanging data between users, and export to application formats, all of which can be modified and adapted by users to suit their specific purposes. Custom programming services are also available.
LONG UPGRADE CYCLES, PROFIT FROM ONGOING DEVELOPMENT
ATLAS.ti is known for its long upgrade cycles (we release major versions only every few years), but also for its active update policy that always gives you that latest available developments–for free!
We release numerous free updates and minor version upgrades each year, almost all of which are not mere “bug-fixes” but add significant new functionality.
Typically, there are somewhere between 10 to 20 “mini-upgrades” during the life-cycle of a major version. What others tout as new versions (and charge users for are considered included in the initial purchase price. Your software keeps “growing” and adapting to new developments for years to come–all free of charge to you.
When we do release major versions, they present significant steps forward and introduce powerful, innovative, and elegant new paradigms not available anywhere else. Simply German engineering at its best.
The following features are new in ATLAS.ti 22 (Windows and Mac):
|CREATE CODE HIERARCHIES, ORGANIZE CODES IN FOLDER
ATLAS.ti 22 offers you new ways to organize your codes in the code system.
Figure 1: New ways of organizing codes
Another cool feature is that you can drag a category code to a data segment and select one or more of its subcodes for coding.
This also allows to query data on the aggregated level. You just select a category code if you want to analyze data on the aggregate level. If you want more detail, you select the subcodes. This is illustrated in the images below.
Figure 2: Analysis on the aggregated level
Figure 3: Analysis for detail on the subcode level
This does not only apply to all analysis tools.
IMPORT SOCIAL NETWORK COMMENTS
Social networks provide a powerful reflection of the structure and dynamics of the modern society. Often it is not a single tweet or post that is interesting, but the reactions and interactions of the social network users. There are many applications for analyzing user comments such as, social movements, brand communities, marketing campaigns, political discourse, discourses on currently relevant topics within a given community or society, understanding your audience, or even sh*t storms.
Supported social networks are Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube, TikTok, VK, Twitch, Discord, Steam. Below you see an imported social network conversation from YouTube on the new 2022 Jeep Grand Cherokee. ATLAS.ti auto-codes all users. In addition, a Sentiment Analysis has been conducted, looking for positive and negative statements.
Figure 4: Import social network comments
IMPROVED SURVEY IMPORT
Good news for those working with survey data. Version 22 has simplified the import of survey data; there is no longer the need to add any syntax before importing. You can import data as it is exported from Google Forms, Survey Monkey, Qualtrix, and the like. With the help of a wizard, you can decide which data should be included or excluded, which data should be transformed.
Figure 5: Survey Import Wizard
This is a great new feature if you need to gain insights quickly. But there are numerous other applications, for instance to code literature for a literature review or to find information in larger reports. The concept search finds relevant concepts for you based on noun phrases. You can review results in context and can decide what you want to code.
Figure 6: Concept Search
This function is available for all interface languages, and you can search for concepts in documents, document groups, codes, or code groups for concepts.
ANALYZE PARTS OF SPEECH IN WORD CLOUDS AND LISTS
The word clouds and lists received a further filter option. Filtering by parts of speech allows you to filter your data by specific grammatical elements (parts of speech) like adjectives, nouns, numerals, pronouns, etc. Below you see an example that only shows adjectives:
MORE DATA VISUALIZATIONS
Data Visualization is a great way to simplify the complexity of understanding relationships among data. The Sankey Diagram is one such powerful technique to visualize the association of data elements, which we introduced in version 9. In the new version you can also create bar charts as alternative views.
Figure 7: Bar chart in the Code-Document Table
ANALYZING CODE DISTRIBUTIONS
After having coded the data, a look at the code distribution gives you a feel for the data. Which topics were mentioned more or less frequently, by whom, is there a difference between different groups of respondents? How are the topics distributed? Code distributions are displayed in the Document Manager and in the Code Manager.
Figure 8: Code distribution across documents in the Document Manager
Figure 9: Code distribution by documents in the Code Manager
If you hover over a bar, the code label and its frequency is shown. If you double-click on a bar, the Quotation Reader opens, and you can read the data coded by this code.
In addition to our email (firstname.lastname@example.org) and telephone support +39 0864 210101, you can now also chat with Atlas producer if you have a question or a problem. In ATLAS.ti Windows, you can access the Live Chat via the Help menu. In ATLAS.ti Mac, you find the Live Chat option in the toolbar.
NEW LICENSE MODELS
Version 22 introduces the 3-year subscription model. It gives you absolutely great value for the money: Receive all major version upgrades during the entire duration of lease, a lower lease price compared to the annual lease, the possibility to prepay for multiple years, thus being able to meaningfully invest available budget moneys, and a lower annual rate.
Version 22 is switching to subscription licenses to ensure that all users always have the same program version. In the past it has been shown that the cooperation of users with different versions has led to problems, which can be avoided if all have the same version.
This became more and more important since the ATLAS.ti Windows and Mac desktop versions are fluently compatible with each other, so that projects can be moved between them at any time forth and back and like that everyone can work in a mixed team and also since projects from the Web version can be imported to the desktop versions and vice versa. All this would be very complicated if our users would work with different versions.
Perpetual licenses, i.e. licenses that included a version with unlimited use, was purchased mainly because institutions and companies did not have certainty about future budgets. To accommodate this need, we have therefore introduced a three-year subscription that is paid in advance to solve this problem. An institution can now spend what it currently has in its budget and purchase a license that is valid for a minimum of three years.
NEW IN ATLAS.ti WEB: VISUALIZATIONS, IMPORT
Version 22 has added great new visualizations in ATLAS.ti Web (see above examples of a Donut Chart and a Tree Map), as well as the possibility to import ATLAS.ti 22 projects from the Windows and Mac versions.
Version 22 has added synonym lists for all interface languages and improved the database so you have more and better choices.
For data import from reference managers, we now also support the .bitTex format. Combined with the Endnote .xml format, this gives you an almost 100% compatibility with all reference managers.
Version 22 has extended the range of file types that ATLAS.ti Windows can read. The following file types can be imported and transformed into PDF documents:
eBooks in. epub and .mobi formats
Microsoft Visio and Libre Office / OpenOffice Draw
The interface has a fresh new look. When you open a project, information about your project like its comments, number of documents, codes, etc. will be displayed on the screen:
Figure 10: Empty state when opening a project
Version 22 has reorganized and extended the context menus. For instance, adding code colors is available from the code context menu.
In the Windows version, you can now also merge codes via drag & drop. Further, you can edit a comment in the Apply Coding window and in the comment area of the project navigator and the browsers. Previously you could only view them.
La invitiamo a leggere attentamente le condizioni d’uso (EULA) di Atlas.ti 22:
ATLAS.TI LICENSE AGREEMENT
The following End User License Agreement (“EULA”) represents the license conditions between you as a user of the ATLAS.ti Software and ATLAS.ti Scientific Software Development GmbH, Berlin, Germany (“ATLAS.ti”, “Company”, “We” or “Licensor”) for the use of software including related media, documentation (for example program descriptions, manuals) and other documents and materials manufactured by ATLAS.ti (“Product(s)”). By registering for the use of the Software, either installed on your computer or via remote access as a software as a service (“SaaS”), you declare yourself in agreement with these conditions. If you do not agree with these conditions, you must not install and/or use the Software.
LICENSE RIGHTS AND RESTRICTIONS
ATLAS.ti grants to you the non-exclusive, non-assignable right to use the Software in compliance with the type of license purchased. You shall not be granted any rights in the source code of the Software. You may not reverse engineer, decompile, or disassemble the Software, except to the extent that the foregoing restriction is expressly prohibited by applicable law. You may not modify the Software or create any derivatives based upon the Software. You may not rent, lend or lease the Software, or otherwise transfer the Software and accompanying written materials to any third party. All rights not expressly granted are reserved by ATLAS.ti.
If you purchased the Software for installation on your computer (and not a cloud version only), you shall be entitled to create one backup copy to ensure reinstallation of the Software.
At ATLAS.ti we are especially sensitive regarding personal data and fully understand and comply to the necessity of uttermost protection of any personal data of customers, users, partners and employees we process.
Personal data processed via the Software by you, e.g., in the context of data analysis, is performed by ATLAS.ti as a data processor on our customers’ behalf and on our customers’ instruction. This data processing is subject to the ATLAS.ti Data Processing Agreement, that is, as part of the agreement, accessible at www.atlas.ti.com/dpa.
THIRD PARTY RIGHTS
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DUTIES TO PROTECT
Copyright notices, serial numbers and other identificationfeatures of the program may not be removed from thesoftware or altered in any way.
The Software and accompanying written materials are provided “as is”, without warranty of any kind. To the maximum extent permitted by law, ATLAS.ti disclaims all warranties, either express or implied, including but not limited to implied warranties of merchantability, fitness for a articular purpose and non-infringement. The entire risk arising out of the use or performance of the Software and any accompanying written materials remains with you.
LIMITATION OF LIABILITY
To the maximum extent permitted by applicable law, in no event shall ATLAS.ti, its suppliers, subsidiaries or representatives be liable for any – including consequential – loss or damages whatsoever (including, without limitation, damages for loss of business profits, business interruption, loss of business information, or other pecuniary loss) arising out of the use of or inability to use the Software, even if ATLAS.ti has been advised of the possibility of such damages.
If any stipulation of this EULA should be or become invalid, either completely or in part, this shall not affect the validity of the remaining stipulations. The parties undertake instead to replace the invalid stipulation with a valid regulation which comes as close as possible to the purpose originally intended. This EULA is governed by the laws of the Federal Republic of Germany. If either party employs attorneys to enforce any rights arising out of or relating to this EULA, the prevailing party shall be entitled to recover reasonable attorney’s fees, costs and expenses.
Version 03 December 2020
|HARDWARE||Intel-based PC, 2GHz
Intel Core or compatible CPU
4 GB RAM
1.5 GB free hard disk
|At least 4GB RAM
SSD strongly recommended
Windows 10 64-bit (at least Version 1607, “Anniversary Update.”
(Some special Windows editions, such as Windows 10N and Windows 10 for Virtual Desktops, are NOT supported)
|macOS 10.13 “High Sierra” or higher|
For better natural language processing results, ATLAS.ti can optionally use bigger machine learning models, which require at least 8 GB of RAM on Windows and Mac computers.
WHAT’S NEW IN VERSION 22 – A Video Tour
TUTORIAL DI ATLAS.ti ONLINE
Per tutti coloro che desiderano approfondire l’utilizzo di ATLAS.ti a partire dall’uso del Software ad argomenti più avanzati o tasks specifici, sono disponibili una serie di brevi Video Tutorial a:
Per una rapida guida all’installazione e all’utilizzo del Software è disponibile la Quick Guide sia per la versione Windows sia MAC:
GUIDA PER L’UTENTE (USER’S GUIDE)
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