Atlas.ti Data Curation Primer

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Description - a brief synopsis, abstract or summary of what the learning resource is about: 
Altas.ti is a software application that allows researchers to analyze qualitative data in a systematic and transparent way, increasing the validity of results (Friese 2019). ATLAS.ti handles different types of data that are kept in a project. The project files can contain text documents, images, audio recordings, videos, pdf files, geodata, Twitter data, citations from Evernote and reference managers, and survey data. The purpose of this primer is to guide a data curator through the curation process for Altas.ti files.
Key questions for curation review
-What ATLAS.ti version was used?
-Can other researchers open the project without the ATLAS.ti?
-Does the project include metadata/documentation/codebook?
-Are there consent forms/participation agreements? Is there sensitive information that can compromise human subjects’ rights?
-Are there associated data that has been exported (i.e. result reports, codebook) outside the project?

This work was created as part of the Data Curation Network “Specialized Data Curation” Workshop #2 held at Johns Hopkins University on April 17-18, 2019.
The full set of Data Curation Primers can be found at:
Interactive primers available for download and derivatives at:

Authoring Person(s) Name: 
Margarita Corral
Access Cost: 
No fee
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Corral, Margarita. (2020). Atlas.ti Data Curation Primer. Data Curation Network. Retrieved from the University of Minnesota Digital Conservancy,
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Keywords - short phrases describing what the learning resource is about: 
Data analysis
Data curation
Data visualization
Humanities data
Metadata standards
Qualitative data analysis
Software management
Software preservation
Published / Broadcast: 
Friday, January 3, 2020
Wednesday, May 29, 2019
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Data Curation Network
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Text - an explanation of a concept or a story using human readable characters formed into words, usually distinguished from graphical images.
Contributor Name: 
Hannah Hadley
Dave Fearon
Contributor Organization(s): 
Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS)
Funding and sponsorship
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Instruction - detailed information about aspects or processes related to data management or data skills.
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Lesson - detailed description of an element of instruction in a course, [could be] contained in a unit of one or more lessons, and used by a teacher to guide class instruction. Example: presentation slides on a topic.
Target Audience - intended audience for which the learning resource was created: 
Citizen scientist
Data professional
Early-career research scientist
Graduate student
Mid-career research scientist
Research faculty
Research scientist
Software engineer
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Up to 1 hour
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FAIR Data Principles