Choosing CAQDAS Software | Brain Thing I’m no masochist so I use CAQDAS software to make coding qualitative data easier. But which to use? I decided to try a few to find out. Back on my masters course, I was taught how to use ATLAS.ti. I also downloaded trial versions of NVivo 8 and MAXQDA 10, both proprietary CAQDAS packages. In addition, I tried WEFT QDA and Digital Replay System, both open source (and therefore free) software. Installation All of the programmes, with the exception of Digital Replay System, come as a self-installing .exe file, making installation easy. Usability I found that none of the software packages were so easy to use that I didn’t have to delve into the manual or online help at least a few times to get myself going. To code a piece of text you simply select it in the document view, then, if the code is one you’ve already created, just drag and drop the code from the code view on to the text! MAXQDA is the clear winner for me with regards to usability. File Sizes (and, therefore, Portability) Price
EXMARaLDA Download latest official version [September 11 2013] Download latest preview [January 16 2015 (1137)] EXMARaLDA is an acronym of "Extensible Markup Language for Discourse Annotation". It is a system of concepts, data formats and tools for the computer assisted transcription and annotation of spoken language, and for the construction and analysis of spoken language corpora. EXMARaLDA was originally developed in the project "Computer assisted methods for the creation and analysis of multilingual data" at the Collaborative Research Center "Multilingualism" (Sonderforschungsbereich "Mehrsprachigkeit" - SFB 538) at the University of Hamburg. The main features of EXMARaLDA are: XML based data formats All EXMARaLDA data are stored in XML files. Furthermore, EXMARaLDA data can be transformed into a number of widely used presentation formats (RTF, HTML, PDF) for web-based or printed publication.
Introduction to CAQDAS CAQDAS, Computer Assisted Qualitative Data AnalysiS is a term, introduced by Fielding and Lee in 1991, that refers to the wide range of software now available that supports a variety of analytic styles in qualitative work. Most of these programs have been under development for many years. What software does and does not do Those unfamiliar with the programs may have all kinds of ideas and misconceptions about what they can do. Software tools Most of the popular programs now support a common range of functions. How to use the software The information here describes in a generic fashion what kinds of things you should be doing when undertaking computer assisted qualitative data analysis. Debates about the software The range of software (CAQDAS, text analysis, concordance, data bases) has developed over the years and distinctions have been made between kinds of CAQDAS (text retrievers, code and retrieve, qualitative comparative analysis, theory building). Training and support Software choice
CAQDAS (New Media Methods @ Loughborough University) Although it is true that all CAQDAS programs fulfill similar tasks (Lewins & Silver 2004: 3ff; Weitzman and Miles 1995), at the same time there are some substantial differences between the different packages (Heimgartner 2005; Lewins & Silver 2004; Lewis 2004). These are not simple differences of taste. As I have demonstrated elsewhere (Koenig 2004), specific methodologies might require a specific CAQDAS, which may not always be the program most widely available. Elsewhere I have followed others (e.g.; Lewins & Silver 2004: 3), who argue that CAQDAS cannot decide about a methodological approach. After reviewing technical and ergonomic features of the softwares, their suitability for different forms of textual and multimedia data, this comparison follows the conceptualization of the main CAQDAS functions, as they have been identified by Weitzman and Miles (1995): Searches, coding strategies, and theory visualization networks. Technical Data Ergonomics Textual Data Multimedia Data Searches
methods in social research Social Research Methods and Program Evaluation Resources Basic guides These have very plain and clear descriptions of what evaluation is. Useful to introduce people to evaluation. Organizations Methods - books, manuals, guides to research methods and evaluation Approaches to evaluation , evaluator competencies, politics of evaluation and logic models. Survey methods Sites specifically about sampling Methods - Qualitative Policy Analysis Research about research methods Journals, individual papers, conferences, etc. General methods, and links that don't fit elsewhere Links to links Sites like this one, that link to resources for evaluation and research methods. Gao books on survey design, statistics, content analysis, other methods topics. Statistics, design Data Issues. Free software for statistics, and a few office suite packages Presenting results, statistical data and preparing research reports subject areas you need to know social psychology, organizations, other Featured sites
Software for content analysis and text analysis: Qualitative analysis Annotations for Mac Mac software to analyse documents by adding and organising highlights, tags or notes on text passages. ATLAS.ti Computer software for the support of text interpretation, text management and the extraction of conceptual knowledge from documents (theory building); supports the qualitative analysis of large bodies of textual, graphical, audio and video data. A demo version is provided via download. CAQDAS Comparison A comparative overview of the most important computer-assisted qualitative data analyses software packages, ordered by product functions. CDC EZ-Text The software to assist researchers create, manage, and analyze semi-structured qualitative databases is available free of charge. Choosing a CAQDAS Package The working paper by Ann Lewins and Christina Silver gives an overview of different types of software for managing textual or qualitative data and describes common and distinctive features of several “Code-based Theory Building” software packages. Code-A-Text NVivo
Centre National de Ressources Textuelles et Lexicales Flemm v3.1 : Analyseur Flexionnel du français pour des corpus étiquetés FLEMMv3.1 est un ensemble de modules Perl5 qui effectue l'analyse flexionnelle de textes en français qui ont été au préalable étiquetés au moyen de l'un des deux catégorisateurs : Brill ou TreeTagger. C'est un petit programme (60kb au format zippé, à l'exclusion des programmes et corpus test), principalement basé sur l'usage de règles (un lexique de 3000 mots seulement est utilisé pour prendre en compte les exceptions). Il fonctionne sur PC ou station de travail, sous Unix, Linux ou Windows9x/NT/XP. Les objets résultat renvoyés par Flemm sont susceptibles d'être affichés en tant que structures XML. Barre d'outils pour le portail lexical utilisable avec le navigateur Firefox Cette extension permet l'utilisation du portail lexical du CNRTL directement depuis une barre d'outils installée dans le navigateur Internet Firefox. Pompamo DériF FastKwic
Docear Software - Resource Library - HIV/AIDS CDC EZ-Text CDC EZ-Text is a software program developed to assist researchers create, manage, and analyze semi-structured qualitative databases. Researchers can design a series of data entry templates tailored to their questionnaire. These questionnaires are usually administered during face-to-face interviews with a sample of respondents. A response to a question may be entered into EZ-Text either as a verbatim transcript (e.g., from a tape recording), or a summary generated from the interviewer's notes. Download copies of the EZ-Text software and user documentation free of charge. If you have further questions or problems, please send an email message to: firstname.lastname@example.org Epi Info Epi Info™ is a public domain suite of interoperable software tools designed for the global community of public health practitioners and researchers.