Indiana University Bloomington

About the Lab

The Qualitative Data Analysis Lab is a space in which faculty and graduate students of IU-Bloomington can try out and gain training on a range of research equipment, including audio and video equipment for field recording, transcription pedals and software, sound and video editing software, and qualitative data analysis software. Our checkout system allows faculty and graduate students to take out recording equipment for research or training purposes for up to two weeks within the U.S. The lab also includes three PC and Mac workstations with dual monitors, headphones, and scratch disks ideal for editing; a playback station for disks, tapes, and other “legacy” media; and space to analyze data individually or with a small group.

A little history

The Qual Lab was founded in Fall 2014 by Dr. Kathryn Graber, assistant professor of Anthropology and Central Eurasian Studies. As a linguistic and sociocultural anthropologist, Dr. Graber conducts multilingual, media-rich fieldwork in Russia and Mongolia, so the Qual Lab reflects the needs of field-based qualitative researchers, with an emphasis on portability and audio quality. The lab has been generously supported by the College of Arts & Sciences, the Department of Anthropology, the former Department of Communication and Culture, and the Social Science Research Commons (SSRC).

Using the lab

The Qual Lab is part of the SSRC and is located within the IE Lab suite, in Woodburn 220B. The IE Lab suite and Qual Lab are usually locked and require keycard access. In order to check out equipment or access the lab, please go to the SSRC’s front desk in the Grand Hall, Woodburn 200. (Open hours can be found here.) We will ask that you present your university ID and complete a brief form. Remember that it is a shared space, so do not leave sensitive research data on the computers or in the lab!

Please note: The Qual Lab is intended to provide opportunities to experiment with resources and learn about the range of options available, with the expectation that individual researchers or teams will then procure their own equipment and software as needed. We cannot check out equipment for periods longer than two weeks or for international fieldwork, because we simply cannot meet campus demand. Please also note that the Qual Lab, like other resources within the SSRC, is intended for the research purposes of faculty and graduate students and is not set up for undergraduate classroom learning.

Other relevant campus resources

If you would like a little more space in which to workshop data or meet with your research team, we recommend that you reserve the room next door, the IE Lab Conference Room.

Sponsored by

Indiana University Social Science Research Commons Indiana University Colleg of Arts and Sciences Indiana University Anthropology Department