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The Methods Lab

Virtual Access to Methods Lab

The Methods Lab offers ten virtual workstations on two newly acquired, powerful multimedia computers, which can be accessed virtually via VPN using the browser of one's own computer. The Methods Lab and its complete range of CAQDA-Software can therefore be accessed from the comfort of your home-office!

The Methods Lab can also be used on site (at the University). Please observe the distance regulation, obligation to wear a mask and sign up for contact tracking in the lists available there. Current updates regarding the pandemic measures of Bielefeld University can be found here.

Booking a workstation, virtually or on site, is done as usual by contacting For further questions please contact us at

Information regarding the VPN of Bielefeld University can be found here.

Picture shows two working desks in the Methods Lab. The working desks are visually protected from one another. The working desks consist of a PC, a keyboard and chairs.
Photo: Markus Richter / Fakultät für Soziologie

The Faculty of Sociology’s working group for qualitative methods, within the research and teaching unit for Methods of Empirical Social Research, offers researchers, teachers and Master's students of sociology the opportunity to use hardware and software in a methods laboratory to carry out research projects. The methods lab has six bookable workstations equipped with modern hardware, headphones and foot controls. In addition, each workstation is delimited by a partition wall to allow work with confidential data.

Software is available for computer-assisted qualitative data analysis (QDA for short), which can be used for transcribing, editing and analysing qualitative data of different types, such as sound, images, text and video. Working with the QDA software can facilitate transcription and processes of data analysis, such as coding, organising documents, codes and memos or visualising relationships between them. In addition, there are multimedia PCs as well as video and image editing software in the methods lab, which can be used for editing and anonymisation, for example. In addition to the possibilities for qualitative data analysis, the methods lab is also set up as a telephone lab. All workstations are equipped with CATI software, telephones and headsets. The telephone laboratory is supervised by Dr Robert Glowienka.

Requests to book a place can be sent to It is also possible to book the entire room (e.g. as part of a course). After prior reservation, the key for the methods lab can be collected from the IT supervisors of the Faculty of Sociology in room X-D2-250. If you have any questions regarding the use of the software, please contact the person in charge of the methods laboratory at The use of the methods laboratory is reserved for BGHS staff, doctoral students and students writing their Master's thesis.

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