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

ATLAS.ti is a computer-assisted qualitative data analysis software that facilitates analysis of qualitative data for qualitative research, quantitative research, and mixed methods research.

Description and usage[edit]

ATLAS.ti is a tool that supports locating, coding/tagging, and annotating features within bodies of unstructured data; it also offers visualization functions. The software is used by researchers in a wide variety of fields, and it supports data in text, graphical, audio, video, and geospatial format.[2] Through XML export, it also aims to provide a non-proprietary, cross-platform interface to facilitate academic collaboration.[3][4]

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. ATLAS.ti's founders have ascribed its methodological roots in part to grounded theory and content analysis.[10][11][12][13] ATLAS.ti is currently available for Windows,[14] Mac,[15] Android, iOS,[16] and via a web-based Cloud portal.[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. ^ THE DISCOVERY OF GROUNDED THEORY: Strategies for Qualitative Research (1967, 1999) Barney G. Glaser, Anselm L Strauss ISBN 1-884156-13-4
  11. ^ Dr. Susanne Friese: Qualitative Data Analysis with ATLAS.ti. Sage Publications, 2011
  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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