Stanford Lecture and Demo

The Institute for Research in the Social Sciences ( will be hosting a talk and software demo by Dr. Stuart Shulman, Founding Director of the Qualitative Data Analysis Program at UMass Amherst.

The talk abstract is copied below.  We invite you to share this announcement with anybody who may be interested in the topic.  The talk is open to all.

Date: Jan 12, 2011, 3-5pm
Location: Green Library, SSRC Seminar Rm.

Measuring Validity in Annotation
This lecture and software demonstration with Q&A prepares faculty and students from across a wide range of disciplines who are conducting, or may be contemplating, a qualitative or text analytic study. Opportunities for interesting qualitative research abound in traditional forms (ex., interview and focus group data, or open ended survey answers) and novel new sources (ex., databases, listserves, social media, other web content, email interviews, or blog posts and comments).

Each attendee will learn about the Coding Analysis Toolkit (CAT is free/open source) and DiscoverText (free trial/commercial) and how these packages can be used to perform critical research tasks, such as social media archiving, human annotation, validity and reliability measurement, as well as machine classification. The skills and methods developed in this session can be extended to the task of preparing and executing a successful thesis or dissertation, or to carrying out critical professional activities, such as publication and program or project evaluation.

Bio: Dr. Stuart W. Shulman is founder & CEO of Texifter, LLC and an Assistant Professor of Political Science at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. He is the founding Director of the Qualitative Data Analysis Program (QDAP) at the University of Pittsburgh and at UMass Amherst, as well as Associate Director of the National Center for Digital Government and Editor Emeritus of the Journal of Information Technology & Politics.

About Stuart Shulman

Stuart Shulman is a political science professor, software inventor, entrepreneur, and garlic growing enthusiast who coaches U13 boys club soccer and in the Olympic Development Program with a national D-license. He is Founder & CEO of Texifter, LLC, Director of QDAP-UMass, and Editor Emeritus of the Journal of Information Technology & Politics. Stu is the proud owner of a Bernese/Shepherd named "Colbert" who is much better known as 'Bert. You can follow his exploits @stuartwshulman.
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