The Analysis of Heterogeneous Text Documents with the Help of the Computer Program NUD*IST

  • Christine Plaß Universität Bremen
  • Michael Schetsche Universität Bremen
Keywords: NUD*IST, document analysis, heterogenous document basis, digitization, computer-aided document archiving

Abstract

On the basis of a current research project we discuss the use of the computer program NUD*IST for the analysis and archiving of qualitative documents. Our project examines the social evaluation of spectacular criminal offenses and we identify, digitize and analyze documents from the entire 20th century. Since public and scientific discourses are examined, the data of the project are extraordinarily heterogeneous: scientific publications, court records, newspaper reports, and administrative documents. We want to show how to transfer general questions into a systematic categorization with the assistance of NUD*IST. Apart from the functions, possibilities and limitations of the application of NUD*IST, concrete work procedures and difficulties encountered are described. URN: urn:nbn:de:0114-fqs0003211

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Author Biographies

Christine Plaß, Universität Bremen
Dipl. Sozialwiss. Christine PLASS is Sociologist at the EMPAS (Institute for empirical and applied sociology), University of Bremen, Germany. Her current fields of interest are methods of qualitative research, sociology of knowledge, gender and criminality.
Michael Schetsche, Universität Bremen
PD Dr. Michael SCHETSCHE is an Assistant Professor at the EMPAS (Institute for empirical and applied sociology), University of Bremen, Germany. Currently he has research interests in social problems, the sociology of knowledge, and especially the coming "sociology of cyberspace". He is the author of "Die Karriere sozialer Probleme" (The rise of social problems, 1996) and "Wissenssoziologie sozialer Probleme" (Knowledge sociology of social problems, 2000).
Published
2000-12-31
How to Cite
Plaß, C., & Schetsche, M. (2000). The Analysis of Heterogeneous Text Documents with the Help of the Computer Program NUD*IST. Forum Qualitative Sozialforschung / Forum: Qualitative Social Research, 1(3). https://doi.org/10.17169/fqs-1.3.1038
Section
Creation and Transmission of Qualitative Data Bases: Access and Documentation