New Software Available: NVivo, AtlasTI, and ArcGIS

New software additions to the Research Studio 

Atlas.ti and NVivo are software tools for text mining and qualitative analysis and they both have been recently added to the suite of applications available in the Research Studio (Olin Library Level A room 06). These applications are available now and the Data Services team will begin providing support for NVivo in fall 2020. 

NVivo capabilities: 

  • Transcription: New NVivo Transcription tool that can be your automated transcription assistant. 
  • Literature Review: Efficiently organize and tag literature, easily keep track of critical quotes, and track ideas across many articles 
  • Coding: Code your literature, interviews, surveys, and any other data you may collect in a single, convenient location and analyze all your data for multiple articles in one NVivo project. 
  • Analyzing Data: Using queries to uncover potential themes, understand words in context, and explore relationships 
  • Findings: Gather together all your research findings in a single location, making it easy to link your literature and your data, and to easily find quotes to illustrate themes 
  • Publish: With all your data organized and analyzed in an NVivo project, writing happens quickly and easily. Generate rich visualizations in NVivo, which can be exported and included in an article or presentation 

Atlas.ti capabilities: 

  • Central workspace: Access all basic project components such as your documents, highlighted/coded data segments, codes, memos, hyperlinks, groups, or networks through the central workspace. 
  • Coding: Coding can be done by simply dragging codes onto the selected piece of data. Object Managers, the Project Explorer, and the Co-occurrence Explorer let you browse and navigate through your project data. 
  • Semantic linking: Link your findings in a semantically meaningful way. 
  • Mind map: Visualize your findings and interpretations in a digital mind map as you go. 
  • Analog to digital: The interactive margin area permits a uniquely intuitive way of interacting with your data, digitally transferring the traditional paper-and-pen analogy in the digital world. 
  • Quotation level: The quotation level offers an analytic level below coding and better supports inductive, interpretive research approaches like grounded theory, hermeneutics, discourse analysis, sociology of knowledge, or phenomenology than any other software. 
  • Network analysis: The network/visualization function is a tool for visualization as well as for analysis, for data organization as well as conceptual level analytic work and data presentation. 
 New ArcGIS software access procedure for ArcGIS Desktop and ArcGIS Pro 

WashU has an Educational Site License (ESL) that allows students, faculty, and staff to install a personal copy of ArcGIS Desktop on their own laptop or desktop computer for research and educational purposes. There is a new, streamlined process for downloading, installing, and licensing the ArcGIS Desktop software for personal use. Steps for downloading and installing the application can be found on our GIS LibGuide.  Follow the links to fill out an online form, download installation and licensing files from our Box folder, and then the page will guide you through the steps to complete the authorization process.   

The ArcGIS Pro application is also available through the ESL. Some users prefer the Pro version but most courses at WashU teach using ArcGIS Desktop. If you have another reason for wanting to run ArcGIS Pro, you will find download and install instructions here. 



About the author

As the Head of Data Services at Washington University in St. Louis, Moore directs services in digital data management, curation, analysis, visualization, literacies, and GIS. She was a co-PI on the IMLS grant, Community Standards for 3D Data Preservation (CS3DP), which continues to bring stakeholders together to establish agreement on how to make 3D data long-lasting (book forthcoming); a partner and curator in the Data Curation Network (DCN), which has created a shared curation model for institutions; a co-PI on the IMLS Specialized Data Curation Workshop grant, which is focused on training curators in DCN methods; and the WashU Representative for the Research Data Alliance, an international organization addressing research data. Moore is program faculty in International and Area Studies and a GIS instructor in the UCollege.