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Qualitative Research Software Now Available

UVM has added qualitative research tools to its portfolio of software in support of faculty and student scholarship. Evaluated and promoted by a small team of UVM qualitative research faculty, endorsed by the Faculty Senate Education and Research Technologies Committee (ERTC), and underwritten by Provost Knodell, we've added two packages from Researchware, Inc. to UVM's software library.

HyperRESEARCH enables you to code and retrieve text, build theories, and conduct analyses of your data. With its advanced multimedia capabilities, HyperRESEARCH allows you to work with text (including "rich text" and Unicode text), graphics, audio and video sources. HyperRESEARCH's Theory Builder can be used to perform in-depth analyses of your coded data to see whether the coding supports your hypothesis.

HyperTRANSCRIBE can be used for transcribing audio and video files using popular audio and video formats. It provides both graphical and keyboard controls to play, pause and loop playback so your hands never have to leave the keyboard.

Both HyperRESEARCH and HyperTRANSCRIBE are available for download from the UVM Software Archive for Windows and Macintosh computers. During installation, you will need the information contained in the license key file (also found on the Software Archive). HyperRESEARCH and HyperTRANSCRIBE will only function for a 30-day trial period without entering the correct licensing information. UVM has licensed sufficient copies for faculty, staff, and students for an initial three-year period. Faculty who want their students to use those tools in their courses may direct them to download and install the software at no cost.

Online tutorials, interactive training and other documentation on how to use HyperRESEARCH is available from the Researchware, Inc. website. Professor Meghan Cope from the UVM Department of Geography will be coordinating webinar training and a user-group listserv and will be the initial contact person for the user group — watch for announcements in early January 2013.

Thanks to Professors Cope, Bond, Shea, Mares, Fothergill, and Gerstl-Pepin for pursuing this, to the ERTC for considering and endorsing, and to Provost Knodell and Assistant Provost Castano for their support of this valuable new service for the UVM research community.

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