External Resources

Here you can find our recommended tools and resources for OICD Institute researchers and students. Click on the links below to check them out.

Tropes Semantics Software

Text Analysis Software

Identity researchers are constantly concerned with identifying patterns of meaning in what people express. People’s words are rich in cultural imagery and thus even short utterances are complex and nuanced.

Originally developed for actual semantic analysis (e.g. within linguistics), the now open source Tropes software allows one to plug in text and analysis clusters of words of phrases that might have interesting “meaning making” functions. Done right, this software can really ramp up the ability to visualize a given population’s semantic possibilities.

The Human Relations Area Files (HRAF)

Online Database

In this regular look at the importance having access to effective tools in the challenging process of researching, analyzing and strategizing identities, we are directing readers to the Human Relations Area Files Database.

e-HRAF is an online database of contemporary and historic ethnographic information on hundreds of societies around the world. A great place to start when building up an identity profile or background of a particular population.

In addition, through the ease of access to a large well-sorted and edited collection of historical ethnography, the identity researcher/strategist can compare the past with the present, and evaluate whether older forgotten cultural concepts have the potential to be reintroduced into a present day population in order to achieve a variety of cohesion building initiatives.


Resources for Peace and Cohesion

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Identity Journals +
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Case Study Resources +
Limited list of research hubs and resources +

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