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The area of cyberinfrastructures has looked extensively at research within the natural sciences, however, the social sciences have been largely overlooked in terms of novel data collection and analysis systems. We developed a probe tool, TagPad, to look at the process for social science data collection through interviews and surveys. The app is designed to support interview studies. It's been designed to fit flexibly with structured and semi-structured interviews for both small and large-scale studies. TagPad can record audio and save text entries and multiple-choice answers. The data can be uploaded to a cloud-based data repository making it simple to access and share data. Our research participants found that TagPad facilitated structuring of interviews but we also found that the setting in which the interview takes place is essential to the success of using this particular tool. We conclude suggesting future designs of social science research tools.