Welcome to CATMA

CATMA (Computer Aided Textual Markup and Analysis) is an open source software with a focus on textual markup and analysis. CATMA is a practical and intuitive tool for literary scholars, students and other parties with an interest in literary research. CATMA 2.01 is a JAVA based beta version and is available on this site for download. CATMA 3.0 will eventually be implemented as a web service that can also be plugged into other existing frameworks.


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.


Last update: Wednesday, January 27, 2010