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Progam with QDA Qualitative Data Analysis features? Coding/tagging blocks of text?

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Posted by Peter
Aug 15, 2012 at 10:04 PM

 

Well, I guess it’s all relative. My advice is to download a trial and give it a whirl. Perhaps it depends on how central it is to your workflow, if you plan to stick with Altas.ti no matter what (or considering alternatives), if you are able to get done what you need to do without upgrading… all the usual considerations. Oh and whether or not you can afford it of course! I do think it’s time they revamp the interface (at least) and make a Mac version. As for me, I’m starting to look at other options, although I’ve used Atlas.ti for more than 10 years.

 


Posted by Alexander Deliyannis
Aug 17, 2012 at 09:06 PM

 

Peter wrote:
> For instance, Daniel Wessel on his blog makes an important distinction between “content” and “structure” outlining,
> using the comparison between Circus Ponies Notebook and Scrivener

Very useful distinction. I would add that the ‘content’ outline maintains the integrity of the full text, whereas the ‘structure’ approach breaks it down to non-continuous blocks of text.

If I understand correctly what QDA software does, it also maintains the integrity of the text (‘content’ approach) while offering the ability to annotate it at a very detailed level (the ‘entities’ are very fine). Last but not least, unlike much of the ‘content’ software often discussed here, QDA software does not provide a writing/editing environment, but is limited to referencing. Is this correct?

 


Posted by Dr Andus
Sep 21, 2012 at 12:17 PM

 

Carrot wrote:
>Dr. Andus,
>Thanks very much for your reply. I looked at your posting about
>ConnectedText http://www.outlinersoftware.com/topics/viewt/3799/40
>I’m
>wondering if you might possibly make a short video outlining the process, or perhaps
>illustrate the instructions you provided with screenshots?
>I’m sure many of us
>would greatly benefit from that.

OK, I managed to get started with the CT tutorial, here is the first instalment. Sorry, no time for videos, though hopefully I can add a screenshot here and there:
http://drandus.wordpress.com/2012/09/21/why-use-connectedtext-for-qualitative-data-analysis/

 


Posted by Carrot
Sep 25, 2012 at 02:27 AM

 

Dr. Andus,
Thanks very much for creating the tutorial.
I’m now very much intrigued by CT thanks to your posting of your experiences.

I’ve been using MyInfo, and I find it extraordinary useful for data collection, but I’ve not found it so useful for discovering links in my data. Nor have I found it particularly useful for writing papers. I began using Scrivener recently, and rely on it for writing, and MyInfo as my data repository. I was not able to figure out how to get CT to function in a way similar to Scrivener, which seems far more geared towards writing.

I’ll look forward to further instalments. I hope you will be able to provide a detailed description with screenshots showing your process and the results.  (PS. good screenshot capture program is the open-source “Greenshot”)

 


Posted by Dr Andus
Sep 25, 2012 at 01:58 PM

 

Carrot wrote:
> I began using Scrivener recently, and rely on it for writing, and MyInfo as my
>data repository. I was not able to figure out how to get CT to function in a way similar to
>Scrivener, which seems far more geared towards writing.

There is a way to emulate (sort of) the main view of Scrivener in CT, by using the Outliner pane and linking items in the outline to a given topic, so that by double-clicking on it CT opens the given topic. See Manfred’s description:

http://takingnotenow.blogspot.co.uk/2008/06/connectedtext-scrivener-for-windows.html

> I hope you will be able to provide a detailed description with
>screenshots showing your process and the results.  (PS. good screenshot capture
>program is the open-source “Greenshot”)

Thanks for the Greenshot suggestion, I like it a lot! It should make things easier…

 


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