Computer-assisted qualitative data analysis software
Computer Assisted/Aided Qualitative Data AnalysiS (CAQDAS) is the use of computer software to aid 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
Free / open source software for CAQDAS
- Aquad (GPL licence, since version 7) (Windows)
- Computer Aided Textual Markup & Analysis (CATMA) (GPL v3 license) (Java-based desktop version for Windows, Mac OS, Linux and web-based version) http://www.catma.de/versions
- Coding Analysis Toolkit (CAT) (web-based)
- Compendium (Windows, Mac OS, Linux)
- ELAN (Java-based for Windows, Mac OS, Linux) http://tla.mpi.nl/tools/tla-tools/elan/
- FreeQDA (GPL2, java-based)
- libreQDA (GPL3 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)
Proprietary software for CAQDAS
- ATLAS.ti (Windows; MacOS and iPad announced)
- f4analyse (Windows, MacOS and Linux)
- HyperRESEARCH (Windows, MacOS)
- MAXQDA (Windows; MacOS announced for 2014)
- NVivo (Windows; MacOS announced for 2014)
- QDA Miner (Windows)
- Qiqqa (Windows, Android)
- XSight (Windows)
- Coding Analysis Toolkit (CAT)
Web-Based CAQDAS software
Pros and cons
Such software helps to organise, manage and analyse information.  The advantages of using this software include being freed from manual and clerical tasks, saving precious 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.
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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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