What is AmCAT?
The Amsterdam Content Analysis Toolkit (AmCAT) is a free open source infrastructure that makes it easy to conduct large-scale automatic and manual content analysis (text analysis) for the social sciences and humanities. AmCAT aims to make manual and automatic content analysis of various types of texts more easy and accessible. AmCAT improves the use and the standard of content analysis in the social sciences and humanities, and stimulates the sharing of data and analyses.
The AmCAT system was designed to make it easier to manage (large) content analysis projects. Documents being one of the essential ingredients, an essential aspect of AmCAT is the storing, viewing, and managing of documents from various sources. The data are stored in a standard database, to which every user has access for his/her own projects. The source code for the scripts and website are open source, so everyone is free to setup his/her own server. The system is designed to make it easy to integrate new analyses, through the website, web services, or through direct access. AmCAT is designed as an open system, herewith encouraging users to contribute to AmCAT. The AmCAT designers have tried to make it easy to add functionality, such as upload or scrape scripts or analyses, by using as open standards where applicable and by using a plugin-structure in the places where they expect extensions to be useful.
Status of the open amcat.nl and amcat.vu.nl servers
amcat.nl allowed any user to create an account and upload articles.
Unfortunately, because this server was running an older version of the software there was a data breach.
As a result, this server is discontinued.
If you had an account at
amcat.nl, you can download your data at recovery.amcat.nl.
If you are working at the VU or the broader ccs.amsterdam research group, you can request an account at vu.amcat.nl.
For the future, together with UvA and as part of our OPTED project we are working on a new version of AmCAT that is much easier to install yourself. We will also setup an open AmCAT server again as soon as we are sure that this can be done safely and securely.
Thanks for your understanding!