Atlas.ti training workshop


Friday, January 22, 2010, 9:00am to 5:00pm

IQSS will be sponsoring a series of Atlas.ti workshops during J-term for qualitative researchers (graduate students and faculty) in the social sciences at Harvard University! 

The 2-day advanced course (Wednesday, January 20th and Friday January 22nd) will provide an overview of more complex features of the program, including techniques for building a code list and code book, inductive and deductive methods of data exploration, using the query tool, constructing output displays, network views, among other topics.   The advanced course will also include a module examining new features of Atlas.ti 6.0 and a panel discussion of alternative qualitative data analysis software (such as NVivo and MaxQDA). 

Please note that this course is now full. If you wish to be added to a waiting list, please contact Crystal Fleming at:

 **Please note that the course meets all day on January 20 and January 22. Lunch will be served.

About the Instructor:

The  advanced workshop will be led by Crystal M. Fleming, a Ph.D. Candidate in Sociology at Harvard University.  Fleming has extensive experience using Atlas.ti for multiple qualitative projects and is currently on staff for the Department of sociology as a Qualitative Data Analysis Specialist providing Atlas.ti training to undergraduate students.   For more information on her research, visit:

Day 1:

9:00 AM – 10:00 AM:                                  Introduction

  • Review of Basic Features
  • Setting up your Preferences
  • Setting up your Textbank
  • Assigning Primary Documents
  • Object Managers, Families and Filters
  • Four Types of Coding
  • Memos and Comments
  • Exploring Atlas.ti Sample Resources
  • Grounded Theory Glossary
  • Sample Projects


10:00 AM – 10:15 AM:                    Coffee Break

10:15 – 11:00:           Advanced Coding

  • Creating code comments
  • Assessing density and groundedness of codes
  • Merging codes
  • Duplicating codes
  • Code Hierarchies
  • Tips for producing  your code book


11:00 AM – 12:00 PM:                     Advanced Output Displays I

  • Output Options for Quotations & Codes
    • Code Filter Options
    • Code List Options
    • Quotation List
    • Quotations with Comments (Full Content)
  • Advanced Use of the Query Tool
    • Operands: Codes and Coding Families
    • Boolean Operators
    • Proximity Operators
    • Adjusting the Scope
    • Supercodes


12:00 PM – 1:00 PM:                                    Lunch

1:00 PM – 2:00 PM:                          Advanced Output Displays II

  • Codes-Primary Documents Matrix in Excel
    • For Quotations
    • For Words
  • Transforming CPD Matrix into Frequency Tables
  • Object Crawler
  • Object Explorer


2:00 PM – 3:00 PM                           Theory Building with Networks

  • Creating and Using Network Views
    • Importing Nodes
    • Linking Nodes
    • Relations Editor
    • Creating “Spin-Offs”
    • Using the Auto-color Mode
  • Using Networks to Output Data
    • Semantic Operators


2:30 PM – 2:45 PM                           Coffee Break

2:45 PM – 5:00 PM                           Guided Practice with Q&A


Day 2

9:00 AM – 10:00 AM                                   Coding Audio, Video and Image Files

  • Creating quotations in audio, video and images
  • Coding audio as alternative to full transcription
  • Hyperlinking multimedia files to text


10:00 AM – 10:30 AM                                 Advanced Use of Primary Documents

  • Embedded Objects
    • Powerpoint Slides
    • Excel sheets
    • Formulas
  • Transforming Memos and Output into Primary Documents
  • Creating hyperlinks


10:30 AM – 10:45 AM                                 Coffee Break

10:45 AM – 12:00 PM                                  Coding Multimedia Files

  • Audio
  • Video
  • Images


12 PM – 1 PM:                                   Lunch

1 PM – 2 PM                                      Data Source Management

  • Document paths
    • Textbank path
    • Optimizing paths
    • Backwards compatibility of HU files
  • Strategies for Backing up your Analysis
    • Creating and installing copybundles
    • Saving multiple versions of the HU
    • Using the memo function to track changes
  • Setting up Atlas for Research Teams
    • Scenarios for Collaborative Analysis
    • Strategies for Merging Hermeneutic Units
    • Merging Code Lists
    • Codings Analyzer


2:00 PM – 3:00 PM                           New Features of Atlas.ti 6.0

  • Text/Audio Synchronization
  • PDF compatibility 
  • Co-Occurrence Explorer
  • Geo-coding with Google Earth


3 PM – 5 PM                                      Guided Practice and Q &A