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Summer school on process and product methodologies in translation and interpreting studies | July 2017 | Ghent (Belgium)

Translation and Interpreting Studies (TIS) are rapidly evolving areas of study. More advanced methodologies are being used for the collection and analysis of data, ranging from corpora to experimental datasets. The course will be a combination of theoretical and hands-on sessions, giving PhD students the chance to apply the course content to their own research problems and to discuss their questions and pending issues they encounter in their own research with the lecturers.
Date: 10-12 July 2017
Location: Ghent University, Campus Mercator, Abdisstraat 1, 9000 Gent
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Inputlog 750th user | March 2016
At the March 2016 KSL training school in Antwerp we were happy to celibrate the 750th registered Inputlog user (since 2012): Gerdineke van Silfhout (SLO - University Utrecht, The Netherlands. Her colleague, Renske Bouwer, replaced her at the little ceremony and received the award.

Hayes award

Workshop: Using Keystroke Logging in Writing Research
April 30 to May 1, 2016 | Boston, MA - USA

In collaboration with prof. Suzanne Lane of the department of Rhetoric and Professional Communication, MIT and prof. Christiane K. Donahue, Director of the Institute for Writing and Rhetoric, Dartmouth College, we organize a two-days Keystroke Logging Workshop at MIT (Boston, MA). It is our intention to gather a small group, a maximum of 25 researchers, in the domain of writing process research. Together we will explore the possibilities and limitations of keystroke logging techniques that are currently used to collect data on writing processes. The program offers both theoretical and hands-on sessions.
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Training School - Writing and Translation Process Research: Translog and Inputlog
24-28 October 2016 | Beijing, China

In collaboration with The Center for Research and Innovation in Translation and Translation Technology (CRITT) at Copenhagen Business School (Denmark) and the MTI Education Center, SFL at Renmin University China (RUC), Beijing, we organize a keystroke logging training school in Beijing. It will take place from Monday, October 24 to Friday October 28, 2016 and focus both on keystroke logging in translation studies (Translog) and writing research (Inputlog). The program offers both theoretical and hands-on sessions.
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Training School - Writing Process Research: Keystroke Logging
16-18 March 2016 | Antwerp
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We are pleased to announce a European COST training school on "Using Keystroke Logging in Writing Research", to be held in Antwerp (Belgium) from 16 to 18 March 2016. The main objective is to bring together a group of international PhD students & post-doc researchers and introduce them to the current methods of collecting and analyzing writing process data. The primary focus will be on the use of keystroke logging (Inputlog and Scriptlog). By bringing together experts and junior researchers, we hope to support and further stimulate process related research in the domain of writing. The
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Inputlog 7.0 | July 2015
Inputlog 7 is now available. This major upgrade of the program includes a lot of new features: new analyses (e.g. linguistic analysis) have been added and existing features have considerably been expanded and/or optimized. We have also focused on new possibilities to visualize writing processes and to easier analyze large log data collections. The help function included in the program's interface provides a description of most features, and will further be finalized in the coming months.

Keystroke Logging Publication - Award | March 2014
Leijten, M., & Van Waes, L. (2013). Keystroke Logging in Writing Research: Using Inputlog to Analyze and Visualize Writing Processes. Written Communication 30(3), 358Ė392 | DOI: 10.1177/0741088313491692 | PDF

In February 2014 this article received the J.R. Hayes award for Excellence in Writing Research; best methodological article in Written Communication (2012-2013)

Hayes award

Event | February 2014

April 14-16, University of Antwerp: Advanced keystroke logging training school

You can take a look at a demonstration video in which we combine Inputlog with Tobii T60.

You can now watch video tutorials that describe importing data in excel, some basic and elaborate coding, creating pivot tables and producing visual representations of the writing process.

Inputlog is a logging tool that logs all types of input modes: keyboard, mouse & speech recognition. Researchers make frequent use of keystroke logging tools to describe online writing or translation processes in detail.

The program enables researchers to precisely register and accurately reconstruct the writing processes of writers who compose texts at the computer. Inputlog features five modules:

  • Record: This module logs (keyboard, mouse, and speech) data in Microsoft Word and other Windows-based programs together with a unique time stamp (ms).2 Moreover, in MS Word this module also logs character position, actual document length, and copy/paste/move actions.
  • Pre-process: Pre-process: As it is often necessary to refine logged data prior to analysis, this module allows us to process data from various perspectives: event based (keyboard, mouse, and speech), time based, or based on window changes (sources: MS Word, Internet, etc.).
  • Analyze: This module is the heart of the program and features three process representations (general and linear logging file and the s-notation of the text) and four aggregated levels of analysis (summary, pause, revision, and source analyses). In addition, a process graph is produced.
  • Post-process: This module integrates single or multiple log files from Inputlog or other observation tools (Morae, Dragon Naturally Speaking, eyetracking data). It is also possible to merge multiple output files for further analysis in, for instance, SPSS or MLWin.
  • Play: This module allows researchers to play back the recorded session at various levels (time or revision based). The replay is data based (not video based), and the play speed is adjustable. A logged session can also be reconstructed revision by revision.

    download inputlog Download the latest version of Inputlog

    demonstration video inputlog Demonstration video Inputlog (The basic steps to log a writing session)

Inputlog provides data for research on:

  • cognitive writing processes
  • writing strategies of novice and expert writers
  • writing development of children with and without writing difficulties
  • professional and creative writing
  • first and second language writing
  • spelling research
  • specialist skill areas such as translation and (live-)subtitling
  • biometric measures

Not only can keystroke logging be used in research specifically on writing, it can also be integrated in educational domains for second language learning, programming skills, and typing skills.



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