The App Studies Initiative designs methods and software tools for app-related media research. These tools are freely available to everyone.

NameDescriptionVersionLinkInfoDeveloped (With)Source
AppTrafficCapture, inspect, and playback the traffic of mobile apps.betaapptraffic.phil.uni-siegen.deapptraffic.phil.uni-siegen.deCRC ‘Media of Cooperation’ (University of Siegen)
iTunes App Store ScraperScrape app details, app store lists, and app store recommendations from Apple's iTunes App Methods Initiative (University of Amsterdam)
Google Play ScraperScrape app details, app store lists, app store recommendations, and app permissions from Google Methods Initiative (University of Amsterdam)
PartS 2.0(Live) capture and collect sensor data from Android-supported mobile devices and apps.alphaCRC ‘Media of Cooperation’ (University of Siegen)
LE-CATAnalyse and categorise textual data using a specified lexicon (categorisation schema) for Interdisciplinary Methodologies (University of Warwick); CRC ‘Media of Cooperation’ (University of Siegen)
Walkthrough ExplorerAnalyse and compare app interface screens in specified apps.betaCentre for Interdisciplinary Methodologies (University of Warwick)
AppcestryAnalyse Android APK files to identify code base similarities.betaappcestry.jasontc.netappcestry.jasontc.netJason Chao (University of Warwick)
App Tracker TrackerDetect software development libraries used in Android APK files.betatools.digitalmethods.netwiki.digitalmethods.netDigital Methods Initiative (University of Amsterdam)
Google Play ‘Similar’ AppsExtract the details of Android apps, collect ‘Similar’ Android apps, and extract their details.betatools.digitalmethods.netwiki.digitalmethods.netDigital Methods Initiative (University of Amsterdam)
iTunes StoreQuery the iTunes Store and extract the details of iOS apps.betatools.digitalmethods.netwiki.digitalmethods.netDigital Methods Initiative (University of Amsterdam)

We also create reference worksheets and other resources to assist students, researchers, and lecturers in their training or teaching with tools. These are also freely available to everyone.

TitleStatusLinkPart ofCreated (With)
Instagram Data Methods Initiative; Public Data Lab; Department of Digital Humanities (King’s College London)
App Store Data Methods Initiative