About QUARC



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Bundeskriminalamt, Wiesbaden
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Founded in 1996, QUARC is an acronym for Qualitative Research & Consulting. The impetus for the name came from John Seidel, Ph.D., developer of The Ethnograph and my first employer ( www.qualisresearch.com). It is both a reference to the most basic form of matter (“quarks”) and the bar owner Quark in the television series “Star Trek: Deep Space Nine".

The latter Quark, a member of the Ferengi tribe, just happens to be one of John Seidel’s favorite fictional characters. Nevertheless, my company has no affiliation with the character, nor is my professional philosophy inspired by any of Quark’s personal or other traits.

The existence of quarks was postulated by Caltech physicist Murray Gell-Mann and his colleague George Zweig in 1964. After 30 years of research, in 1994 the “Top Quark” was discovered and heralded as the “missing puzzle piece.” A long awaited breakthrough, it was the last of a series of twelve indivisible particles deemed to be the most basic constituents of matter. The process of qualitative data analysis can also be compared to “puzzling.” Data is broken down into small units, comparable to puzzle pieces, which are subsequently rejoined in the form of new findings or an innovative perspective. John Seidel has written about this analogy in an essay entitled Qualitative Datenanalyse.

QUARC also stands for the professional skills around which my company revolves: qualitative research, qualitative methods training, and project consulting.

As you peruse the contents of this site, you will become acquainted with my activities in the area of qualitative research. Detailed information my professional experience is available under Curriculum Vitae. For information about my own academic research, please refer to the page Publications.

By way of a brief history, I started working with computer software for qualitative data analysis in 1992. My initial contact with CAQDAS tools was from 1992 to 1994, as I was employed at QualisResearch in the USA.
In following years, I worked with the CAQDAS Project in England (1994 – 1996 ), where I taught classes on The Ethnograph and Nud*ist. Two additional software programs, MAXQDA and ATLAS.ti, followed shortly thereafter as the respective Microsoft Windows versions came out on the market.

During my dissertation and in my subsequent position as an assistant professor at the Copenhagen Business School in Denmark, I carried out a variety of research projects using both qualitative and quantitative methods. In that context, SPSS computer software was used to analyze quantitative data; ATLAS.ti supported our work with qualitative material. I taught qualitative and quantitative research methods in the Sociology Department at Leibniz Universität Hannover as part of the Bachelor and Master degree program in Social Sciences. Today, I mainly give courses in ATLAS.ti, and occasionally MAXQDA. In addition, I have accompanied numerous projects around the world in a consulting capacity, authored didactic materials and one of the principal contributors to the ATLAS.ti User’s Manual.


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