KWALON conference 2016

Reflecting on the future of QDA Software:

Chances and Challenges for Humanities, Social Sciences and beyond

 Conference to be held on 25 and 26 August, 2016
Erasmus University 
(building Qin Rotterdam, The Netherlands

 

Aim and format
Changes in computer science, information gathering and the possibilities of the internet continue to vastly influence the way social sciences and humanities are dealing with data collection and analysis. The next KWALON Conference on Qualitative Data Analysis Software aims to organize the reflection on the implications of the recent innovations and trends. Developers and users of software have been invited reflect on the developments of the past years and to take them as a starting point for a discussion of the requirements for the future versions of QDA tools. We aim for a fruitful debate between developers and users. Apart from practitioners, trainers and other end users, participants will include representatives from (in alphabetical order): ATLAS.ti, Cassandre, Dedoose, F4 analyse, MAXQDA, NVivo, DiscoverText, QDA Miner and Quirkos. 
Organization
The conference will be organized by KWALON (www.kwalon.nl), the Dutch network for qualitative research in conjunction with the Criminology Department of the School of Law of Erasmus University Rotterdam (www.esl.eur.nl/home). The program committee consists of Jeanine Evers (KWALON and Erasmus School of Law), Franciska de Jong (Erasmus Studio, Erasmus University Rotterdam, the Netherlands; www.eur.nl/erasmusstudio) and Trena Paulus (Qualitative Research Program, Department of Lifelong Education, Administration and Policy, University of Georgia, USA; https://coe.uga.edu/academics/degrees/phd/qualitative-research).
Preliminary Conference Program
The preliminary program for the conference can be found here.
Registration
You can now register for the conference. The conference fee includes drinks and lunch at the conference venue, as well as the conference dinner on 25 August. The early bird fee of € 275 applies until 31 March; from 1 April the normal fee of € 350 applies. 
Public transport
There is a good public transport network in the Netherlands. There is a train station at the main airport (Schiphol Amsterdam). The train to Rotterdam Central station will take about 1 hour and a ticket in 2nd class will cost about € 12. There is a digital card for all public transport in the Netherlands, the ‘OV chip card’. The card is used instead of train, bus, tram or metro tickets. You swipe it against a card reader when entering the station or bus/tram to check in, and swipe it against the card reader again when you leave. 
The easiest option for you is to get an ‘anonymous OV chip card’ at Schiphol Airport train station, either at the NS ticket office or at the ticket machine. The card costs € 7.50 and it needs to always be charged with at least € 20 to enable you to enter any form of public transport. Assuming you are only coming for the conference, you will need to load € 60 on the card upon arrival. That will get you to Rotterdam, allow you go from your hotel to Erasmus University and back, and enable you to go to Schiphol Airport again as well as keeping the minimum of €20 in reserve. Upon leaving, you can hand in the card to the NS ticket office at the airport again, and they will refund the amount that is left on the card.
Hotel
We have been able to get a special price at the Innhotel Rotterdam Centre. This price is valid until 24 July 2016. After that date, normal prices will apply.
Standard waterfront room: €105 for B&B 
Design Panorama room: €120 for B&B
Design Panorama top room: €135 for B&B.
Prices are based on single occupation of a double room. If you want to book a second person into your room, they only need to pay € 18 for breakfast each day. 

Aim and format
Changes in computer science, information gathering and the possibilities of the internet continue to vastly influence the way social sciences and humanities are dealing with data collection and analysis. The next KWALON Conference on Qualitative Data Analysis Software aims to organize the reflection on the implications of the recent innovations and trends. Developers and users of software have been invited reflect on the developments of the past years and to take them as a starting point for a discussion of the requirements for the future versions of QDA tools. We aim for a fruitful debate between developers and users. Apart from practitioners, trainers and other end users, participants will include representatives from (in alphabetical order): ATLAS.ti, Cassandre, Dedoose, F4 analyse, MAXQDA, NVivo, QDA Miner and Quirkos. 

Organization
The conference will be organized by KWALON (www.kwalon.nl), the Dutch network for qualitative research in conjunction with the Criminology Department of the School of Law of Erasmus University Rotterdam (www.esl.eur.nl/home). The program committee consists of Jeanine Evers (KWALON and Erasmus School of Law), Franciska de Jong (Erasmus Studio, Erasmus University Rotterdam, the Netherlands; www.eur.nl/erasmusstudio) and Trena Paulus (Qualitative Research Program, Department of Lifelong Education, Administration and Policy, University of Georgia, USA; https://coe.uga.edu/academics/degrees/phd/qualitative-research).

Conference Program
The program for the conference can be found here.

Video of Conclusive session 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sU2hv4N6d6I