Welcome to CATMA

CATMA (Computer Aided Textual Markup and Analysis) is a new software with a focus on textual markup and analysis. It is currently being developed at the University of Hamburg as a tool for literary scholars, students and other parties with an interest in literary research. CATMA 1.0 is a stable beta version and is available on this site for download.



Inspired by the well known program “Usebase” (from the TACT suite, a DOS based tool set developed at Toronto University) it provides a variety of tagging and analyzing functionalities contained in its two components: the Tagger and the Analyzer.

CATMA places a strong emphasis on usability and is designed for users with little experience in digital text analysis.

CATMA key features

a visual interface to mark up and analyze texts

the ability to define analyses by the use of a basic query language

a set of predefined statistical and non-statistical analytical functions

a GUI that reflects the logical steps in a textual analysis workflow

a log and status component displaying the system processes

keyboard shortcuts and tooltips for better usability

CATMA supports collaborative efforts by adhering to relevant standards (XML, TEI) and producing reusable output.