The Effects of Computer Assisted Research on Chilean Academics


  • Francisco Osorio University of Chile



Chile, computer assisted programs, quantitative and qualitative research


The purpose of this article is to describe the use of computer software by Chilean social scientists engaged in both qualitative and quantitative research. Because of its increasing use it is important to trace its development to understand the effects of this technology on the academic and professional community in a South American country. Rather than receiving certified training most academics have taught themselves how to use such software. This has been due, in part, to increasing pressure placed upon universities from the professional labor market, the utilization of the software by increasing numbers of researchers, and the employment of this technology without considering its methodological appropriateness. URN: urn:nbn:de:0114-fqs0604355


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Author Biography

Francisco Osorio, University of Chile

Francisco OSORIO (born 1968) is an anthropologist at the University of Chile. His PhD (2002) and MA (1996), both from the University of Chile, are in the epistemology of the social sciences. Since 1997 he has been editor-in-chief of the Latin American e-journal Cinta de Moebio (, whose remit is epistemology. As a Fulbright scholar he studied the relationship between anthropology and the mass media with Elihu KATZ at the Annenberg School for Communication at the University of Pennsylvania from 1999 to 2000.



How to Cite

Osorio, F. (2006). The Effects of Computer Assisted Research on Chilean Academics. Forum Qualitative Sozialforschung Forum: Qualitative Social Research, 7(4).