First of all, let me say that I am also a THATCamp newbie like a lot of you, so I am looking forward to meeting up and have a DH crash course together! I’m planning on attending most of the workshops to gain my footing, but an unconference here and there would be really helpful too.
Right now I’m writing up a research proposal for funding and IRB review, and I usually run into problems when I write about qualitative analysis, specifically analyzing interview transcripts. Content and discourse analysis are fairly standard methods in the humanities, but in the social sciences they take on a slightly different form. Discourse analysis, especially, is heavily influenced by Michel Foucault and his writing in The Archaeology of Knowledge (1969). There are a lot of commercial softwares available for coding and content analysis, but for discourse analysis, one also needs to look at what isn’t there (as well as many other things.) Are there new tools that digital humanists use for these kinds of qualitative analyses? A recent tool that I’ve encountered is Scalar, but I don’t have much experience with it yet, and I also want to see what kind of projects other people have done.