Dr Andrew Smith … developed a new software platform for qualitative data analysis
Dr Andrew Smith … developed a new software platform for qualitative data analysis
3 April 2012

Academics and student researchers everywhere can benefit from a new web-based application for performing qualitative analyses using Leximancer, a software platform developed by the Institute for Social Science's Dr Andrew Smith and his team at The University of Queensland.

Leximancer Pty Ltd and Lexical Edge (a Leximancer North American Partner) have launched TextInsight.net - a free portal to a unique online community and resources for qualitative data analysis using Leximancer software.

Leximancer Pty Ltd was established in 2006 by UQ’s main commercialisation company, UniQuest, to make the groundbreaking text analytics software accessible on a global scale.

“The Leximancer text analytics software has thrived in the academic communities of more than 100 universities internationally, as well as being used extensively in the commercial world and by government agencies,” said UniQuest Managing Director, David Henderson.

“Partnering with Lexical Edge has enabled the technology to be developed into new applications, and we are very excited to see Leximancer reach this point where it can be responsive to specific market needs,” Mr Henderson said.

Qualitative research projects have large amounts of data, require decisions that impact the value of the analysis, and often involve mastering expensive and complex software analysis tools. TextInsight.net supports and connects experienced qualitative researchers, and introduces beginners to Leximancer qualitative software.

“Revealing the meaning in data is the Holy Grail of qualitative research, and it used to be a lonely and expensive quest,” said Lexical Edge CEO, Mike Neal.

“This is no longer the case as TextInsight.net provides a guide and companion for the journey.”

TextInsight.net is expected to be adopted by academic researchers, but commercial users can also benefit.

“Researchers, instructors, professors, students, and commercial analysts can go to TextInsight.net and find resources and an active online community for training, discussing research ideas and approaches, and expanding their knowledge of qualitative analysis, text analytics, text mining, big data challenges, and social media analysis,” Mr Neal said.

TextInsight.net is sponsored by Lexical Edge and provided at no cost to users. Free accounts can be registered by visiting the site: http://www.textinsight.net. More information is also available by emailing info@textinsight.net.

Media enquiries: Leanne Wyvill +61 7 3365 4037, 0409 767 199 or l.wyvill@uniquest.com.au

About Leximancer Pty Ltd www.leximancer.com

Leximancer Pty Ltd is an Australian company providing leading-edge text analytics technology since its beginning in 2006. The technology was created following seven years research and development at The University of Queensland by Dr Andrew Smith. The company was established by UniQuest, the University’s main commercialisation company. Leximancer's technology is now proven, with customers around the globe, including the United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand, Denmark, Spain, Sweden, Russia, Norway, Taiwan, Germany and Italy. Leximancer is being used in market research, defence, government, management consulting, insurance, legal, intelligence, pharmaceuticals and health care.

About UniQuest Pty Limited www.uniquest.com.au
Established by The University of Queensland in 1984, UniQuest is widely recognised as one of Australia’s largest and most successful university commercialisation groups, benchmarking in the top tier of technology transfer worldwide. From an intellectual property portfolio of 1,500+ patents it has created over 70 companies, and since 2000 UniQuest and its start-ups have raised more than $450 million to take university technologies to market. Annual sales of products using UQ technology and licensed by UniQuest are running at $3 billion. UniQuest now commercialises innovations developed at The University of Queensland and its commercialisation partner institutions: the University of Wollongong, University of Technology Sydney, James Cook University, University of Tasmania, Mater Medical Research Institute, and Queensland Health. UniQuest also provides access to an expansive and exclusive network of independent academics to tailor a consulting or project R&D solution to meet the diverse needs of industry and government, facilitating some 500 consulting, expert opinion, testing, and contract research services each year. UniQuest is also a leading Australasian provider of international development assistance recognised for excellence in technical leadership, management and research. Working with agencies such as AusAID, NZAID, the Asian Development Bank and the World Bank, UniQuest has developed and implemented more than 400 projects in 60+ countries throughout the Pacific, South-East Asia, the Indian sub-continent and Africa.