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Developer(s)ATLAS.ti Scientific Software Development GmbH
Stable release
9 / 2020-09-10
Operating systemWindows; Mac OS; iOS; Android[1]
TypeQualitative data analysis
LicenseProprietary software

ATLAS.ti is a computer program used mostly, but not exclusively, in qualitative research or qualitative data analysis.

Description and usage[edit]

The purpose of ATLAS.ti is to help researchers uncover and systematically analyze complex phenomena hidden in unstructured data (text, multimedia, geospatial). The program provides tools that let the user locate, code, and annotate findings in primary data material, to weigh and evaluate their importance, and to visualize the often complex relations between them.[2]

ATLAS.ti is used by researchers and practitioners in a wide variety of fields including anthropology, arts, architecture, communication, criminology, economics, educational sciences, engineering, ethnological studies, management studies, market research, quality management, psychology, sociology, and social work.

ATLAS.ti consolidates large volumes of documents and keeps track of all notes, annotations, codes and memos in all fields that require close study and analysis of primary material consisting of text, images, audio, video, and geo data.

In addition, it provides analytical and visualization tools designed to open new interpretative views on the material.

To support multi-method multi-user projects across space and time (longitudinal studies), project data export using XML is available. With XML, the proprietary nature of most software systems can be mitigated. This is indeed a mandatory requirement in scientific settings.[3][4] ATLAS.ti's XML schema ( influenced the development of the QuDEX language ( at University of Essex.

Features overview[edit]

  • Coding of text, image, geo, audio and video materials (interactive and automated)
  • Full native PDF Support (original layout) without conversion
  • Geodata Integration
  • Text-to-media Synchronization
  • On-Board Transcription Engine
  • Interactive margin area with drag & drop linking, coding, merging
  • Multi-document view for constant comparisons
  • Search & retrieve functions (incl. Boolean, semantic, and proximity-based operators)
  • Visual model building and "mind mapping" using the Network Editor
  • Integrated visualizations: frequency bars in entity managers
  • Cloud tag view for codes
  • Creation and navigation of hyperlinks between resources (Hypertext)
  • Searching for textual patterns through documents and entities (Object Crawler)
  • Automatic coding (search - select - code)
  • Proximity analysis of coded data (Cooccurrency Explorer and Table)
  • Project data export to XML
  • Export to SPSS, HTML, CSV
  • Word frequency export to Excel
  • Unicode language support
  • Single file project backup and migration.
  • Survey import
  • Twitter import
  • 100 step undo/redo

Development history[edit]

A prototype of ATLAS.ti was developed by Thomas Muhr at Technical University in Berlin in the context of project ATLAS (1989–1992).[5][6][7][8][9] A first commercial version of ATLAS.ti was released in 1993 to the market by company "Scientific Software Development," later ATLAS.ti Scientific Software Development GmbH. The methodological roots of ATLAS.ti[10] lie in - but are not restricted to grounded theory,[11] content analysis.[12][13] ATLAS.ti is currently available for the Windows desktop version (Version 9.0),[14] Mac desktop version (Version 9.0),[15] Android mobile, iPad version,[16] as well as the Cloud version.[17]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Products — Qualitative Data Analysis with ATLAS.ti
  2. ^ Lewins, Ann & Silver, Christina (2007). Using software in qualitative research: A step-by-step guide. London: Sage
  3. ^ Muhr, T. Increasing the Reusability of Qualitative Data with XML. Forum Qualitative Sozialforschung / Forum: Qualitative Social Research, North America, 1, dec. 2000. Available at:
  4. ^ Carmichael, P. (2002) Extensible Markup Language and Qualitative Data Analysis Forum Qualitative Sozialforschung / Forum (FQS) Volume 3, No. 2 – May 2002
  5. ^ Böhm, Andreas & Mengel, Andreas & Muhr, Thomas (Hg.): Texte verstehen. Konzepte - Methoden - Werkzeuge. Universitätsverlag Konstanz 1994.
  6. ^ Muhr, Th. 1990 “Technikgestaltung für den Alltag am Beispiel der Softwareentwicklung für die sozialwissenschaftliche Technikforschung.” In Frey, D. (Ed.)Bericht über den 37. KongreB der Deutschen Gesellschaft für Psychologie in Kiel 1990, Vol. 1, pp. 368–369. Göttingen: Hogrefe.
  7. ^ Muhr, Thomas: ATLAS.ti - A Prototype for the Support of Text Interpretation. In Tesch, Renata (Hg.), Qualitative Sociology (Vol. 14, S.349-371). New York: Human Science Press 1991.
  8. ^ Muhr, Thomas: ATLAS/ti - ein Interpretations-Unterstützungs-System. In Fuhr, Norbert (Hrsg.), Informatik-Fachberichte Information Retrieval (Bd. 289, S. 64-77). Berlin etc.: Springer-Verlag, 1991b.
  9. ^ Konopásek, Zdenek (2007). Making thinking visible with Atlas.ti : Computer assisted qualitative analysis as textual practices Historical Social Research Suppl. 19, pp. 276-298
  10. ^ Dr. Susanne Friese: Qualitative Data Analysis with ATLAS.ti. Sage Publications, 2011
  11. ^ THE DISCOVERY OF GROUNDED THEORY: Strategies for Qualitative Research (1967, 1999) Barney G. Glaser, Anselm L Strauss ISBN 1-884156-13-4
  12. ^ Muhr, Thomas. Methoden der Wissensakquisition unter besonderer Berücksichtigung der Wissenselizitation (Diplomarbeit Informatik, TU Berlin), 1988
  13. ^ Muhr, Thomas: Textinterpretation und Theorieentwicklung mit ATLAS/ti. In: Bos & Tarnai (Hg.): Computerunterstützte Inhaltsanalyse in der Empirischen Pädagogik, Psychologie & Soziologie. Münster, New York: Waxmann 1996.
  14. ^ "ATLAS.ti 8 Windows". atlas.ti (in German). Retrieved 2019-05-01.
  15. ^ "ATLAS.ti Mac". atlas.ti (in German). Retrieved 2019-05-01.
  16. ^ "iPad". atlas.ti (in German). Retrieved 2019-05-01.
  17. ^ "ATLAS.ti: The Qualitative Data Analysis & Research Software". ATLAS.ti Cloud. Retrieved 2019-05-01.

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