Computer-assisted qualitative data analysis software
Computer Assisted/Aided Qualitative Data Analysis Software (CAQDAS) offers tools that assist with qualitative research such as transcription analysis, coding and text interpretation, recursive abstraction, content analysis, discourse analysis, grounded theory methodology, etc.
- Content searching tools
- Coding tools
- Linking tools
- Mapping or networking tools
- Query tools
- Writing and annotation tools
List of CAQDAS software
Free / open source software
- Aquad (GPL licence, since version 7) (Windows)
- Cassandre (Java-based)
- Computer Aided Textual Markup & Analysis (CATMA) (GPL v3 license) (Java-based desktop version up to CATMA 3.2 for Windows, Mac OS, Linux )
- Coding Analysis Toolkit (CAT) (web-based)
- Compendium (Windows, Mac OS, Linux)
- ELAN (Java-based for Windows, Mac OS, Linux)
- FreeQDA (GPL2, Java-based)
- libreQDA (AGPL3 license) (web-based)
- QDA Miner Lite, proprietary license, free version with reduced functionality (Windows)
- RQDA (Windows, Mac OS, Linux)
- TAMS Analyzer (Open source, Mac OS)
- ATLAS.ti (Windows; Mac OS and iPad announced)
- f4analyse (Windows, Mac OS and Linux)
- HyperRESEARCH (Windows, Mac OS)
- MAXQDA (Windows; Mac OS)
- NVivo (Windows; Mac OS)
- QDA Miner (Windows)
- Qiqqa (Windows, Android)
- XSight (Windows)
- Coding Analysis Toolkit (CAT)
- Computer Aided Textual Markup & Analysis (CATMA) (GPL v3 license). CATMA 4 is implemented as a web-based application.
- libreQDA (AGPL3 license)
Pros and cons
Such software helps to organize, manage and analyse information.  The advantages of using this software include being freed from manual and clerical tasks, saving time, managing huge amounts of qualitative data, having increased flexibility, and having improved validity and auditability of qualitative research. Concerns include increasingly deterministic and rigid processes, privileging of coding, and retrieval methods; reification of data, increased pressure on researchers to focus on volume and breadth rather than on depth and meaning, time and energy spent learning to use computer packages, increased commercialism, and distraction from the real work of analysis.
- Idea networking
- Computer Assisted Mixed Methods Research Analysis Software
- Qualitative economics
- Quantitative research
- Qualitative marketing research
- Qualitative psychological research
- Sampling (case studies)
- "CAQDAS". Retrieved 28 November 2011.
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- The CAQDAS Networking Project maintained by University of Surrey offers advice and reviews on various software packages.
- Harald Klein's comprehensive guide to CAQDAS
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