Computer-assisted qualitative data analysis software

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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.


CAQDAS is used in psychology, marketing research, ethnography, and other social sciences. The CAQDAS Networking project[1] lists the following tools. A CAQDAS program should have:

  • Content searching tools
  • Coding tools
  • Linking tools
  • Mapping or networking tools
  • Query tools
  • Writing and annotation tools

Comparison of CAQDAS software[edit]

Application Type License Source Last Release Analyses OS Supported Tools
Annotations Client Proprietary Closed Sep 2014[2] Text OSX Coding
Aquad Client Free - GPL Feb 2012 Text Win Coding
ATLAS.ti Client Proprietary Closed Text Win, OSX Coding, Aggregation, Query, Visualisation
Cassandre Client Text All (java-based) Coding
Coding Analysis Toolkit (CAT) Web-based Free - GPL Open Text All Coding
Compendium Client Free - LGPL Open Text All (java-based) Coding
Computer Aided Textual Markup & Analysis (CATMA) Client (up to version 3.2) Free- GPL Open Oct 2014 Text All (java-based) Coding
FreeQDA Web-based Free- GPL Open Jul 2012 Text All (java-based) Coding
LibreQDA Client Free- AGPL3 Open Text All Coding
NVivo Client Proprietary Closed Text Win, OSX Coding, Aggregation, Query, Visualisation
QDA Miner Lite Client Proprietary Text Win Coding
RQDA Client Free- GPL Open Oct 2014 Text Win, OSX, Linux Coding, Aggregation, Query, Visualisation
TAMS Analyzer Client Open Jul 2004 Text OSX Coding
ELAN Client May 2015 Video-Audio Win, OSX, Linux Coding
Transana Client Free- GPL [3] Open Dec 2014 [4] Video-Audio Win, OSX, Linux (partially) Coding
Coding Analysis Toolkit (CAT) Client Proprietary Closed
Computer Aided Textual Markup & Analysis (CATMA) Web-based (since version 4) Free - GPL v3 All
ConnectedText Client Proprietary Closed Feb 2015 Text Win Coding
Dedoose Web-based Proprietary Closed All
f4analyse Client Proprietary Closed Win, OSX, Linux
FOCUSSON Web-based All
HyperRESEARCH Client Proprietary Closed Win, OSX
LibreQDA Web-based Free - AGPL3 Open All
MAXQDA Client Proprietary Closed Win, OSX
QCAmap Web-based All
QDA Miner Client Proprietary Closed Win
Qiqqa Client Proprietary Closed Win, Android
Quirkos Client Proprietary Closed Win, OSX, Linux, android
Saturate Client Proprietary Closed
Visão Client Proprietary Closed Fall 2015 Text Win Coding, Aggregation, Query
webQDA Web-based All
XSight Client Proprietary Closed Win

List of CAQDAS software[edit]

Free / open source software[edit]

Proprietary software[edit]

Web-based software[edit]

Pros and cons[edit]

Such software helps to organize, manage and analyse information. [7] The advantages of using this software include saving time, managing huge amounts of qualitative data, having increased flexibility, having improved validity and auditability of qualitative research, and being freed from manual and clerical tasks. 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.[8]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "CAQDAS". Retrieved 28 November 2011. 
  2. ^ "Annotations website". Retrieved 22 June 2015. 
  3. ^ "Transana website". Retrieved 22 June 2015. 
  4. ^ "Transana website". Retrieved 22 June 2015. 
  5. ^ "AQUAD website". Retrieved 26 February 2013. 
  6. ^ Dr Andus. "Why use ConnectedText for Qualitative Data Analysis ?". 
  7. ^ Banner, DJ; Albarrran, JW (2009). "Computer-assisted qualitative data analysis software: a review.". Canadian journal of cardiovascular nursing = Journal canadien en soins infirmiers cardio-vasculaires 19 (3): 24–31. PMID 19694114. 
  8. ^ St John, W; Johnson, P (2000). "The pros and cons of data analysis software for qualitative research.". Journal of nursing scholarship : an official publication of Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing / Sigma Theta Tau 32 (4): 393–7. PMID 11140204. 

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