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.

Definition[edit]

CAQDAS is used in psychology, marketing research, ethnography, public health 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[2] Client Proprietary Closed Sep 2014[3] Text OSX Coding
Aquad Client Free - GPL Feb 2012 Text Win Coding
ATLAS.ti Client Proprietary Closed Text Win, OSX, iPad, Android Coding, Aggregation, Query, Visualisation
Cassandre[4] Client Text All (java-based) Coding
Coding Analysis Toolkit (CAT) Web-based Free - GPL Open Text All (web browser) Coding
Compendium/CompendiumNG[5] Client Free - LGPL Open Feb 2014 Text All (java-based) Coding
Computer Aided Textual Markup & Analysis (CATMA)[6] Client (up to version 3.2) Free- GPL Open May 2011 Text All (java-based) Coding
Computer Aided Textual Markup & Analysis (CATMA)[7] Web-based (since version 4) Free - GPL v3 Open Oct 2014 Text All (web browser)
ConnectedText Client Proprietary Closed Feb 2015 Text Win Coding
Dedoose Web-based Proprietary Closed All (web browser) Coding, Query, Visualisation
ELAN[8] Client Free - GPL Open Feb 2016 Video Audio Win, OSX, Linux Coding
f4analyse[9] Client Proprietary Closed Mar 2015 Text Win, OSX, Linux, iPad, Android
FOCUSSON[10] Web-based Proprietary Closed All (web browser)
FreeQDA[11] Client Free- GPL Open Jul 2012 Text All (java-based) Coding
HyperRESEARCH Client Proprietary Closed Win, OSX
LibreQDA[12] Web-based Free - AGPL3 Open All (web browser)
LibreQDA[13] Client Free- AGPL3 Open Text All Coding
MAXQDA Client Proprietary Closed Sep 2015 Win, OSX Coding, Aggregation, Query, Visualisation
NVivo Client Proprietary Closed Text Win, OSX Coding, Aggregation, Query, Visualisation
QCAmap[14] Web-based All (web browser)
QDA Miner Client Proprietary Closed Win
QDA Miner Lite Client Proprietary Text Win Coding
qdap - Quantitative Discourse Analysis Package (R package)[15] Client Free- GPL Open Oct 2015 Text Win, OSX, Linux Word extracting, statistical analysis, visualization
Qiqqa Client Proprietary Closed Win, Android
Quirkos[16] Client Proprietary Closed May 2016 Text Win, OSX, Linux,[17] Android Coding, Query, Visualisation
Raven's Eye[18] Web-based Proprietary Closed June 2015 Text All (web browser) Coding, Aggregation, Query, Visualisation
RQDA (R package) Client Free- GPL Open Oct 2014 Text Win, OSX, Linux Coding, Aggregation, Query, Visualisation
Saturate[19] Client Proprietary Closed
TAMS Analyzer,[20][21] Client GPL v2 Open Jun 2015 Text, Audio, Video OSX Coding
Transana Client GPL [22] Open Dec 2015 [23] Video Audio Text Win, OSX, Linux (partially) Coding
Visão[24] Client Proprietary Closed Fall 2015 Text Win Coding, Aggregation, Query
webQDA[25] Web-based All (web browser)
XSight Client Proprietary Closed Win

Pros and cons[edit]

Such software helps to organize, manage and analyse information.[26] 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.[27]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "CAQDAS". Retrieved 28 November 2011. 
  2. ^ "Annotations website". Retrieved 9 September 2015. 
  3. ^ "Annotations website". Retrieved 22 June 2015. 
  4. ^ "Cassandre website". Retrieved 9 September 2015. 
  5. ^ "CompendiumNG website". Retrieved 11 September 2015. 
  6. ^ "CATMA available versions". Retrieved 10 September 2015. 
  7. ^ "CATMA available versions". Retrieved 10 September 2015. 
  8. ^ "ELAN website". Retrieved 9 September 2015. 
  9. ^ "f4analyse website". Retrieved 10 September 2015. 
  10. ^ "FOCUSSON website". Retrieved 10 September 2015. 
  11. ^ "FreeQDA download site". Retrieved 9 September 2015. 
  12. ^ "LibreQDA website". Retrieved 11 September 2015. 
  13. ^ "LibreQDA website". Retrieved 11 September 2015. 
  14. ^ "QCAmap website". Retrieved 11 September 2015. 
  15. ^ "qdap R package website". Retrieved 18 May 2016. 
  16. ^ "Quirkos website". Retrieved 11 September 2015. 
  17. ^ "Quirkos for Linux". Retrieved 11 September 2015. 
  18. ^ "Raven's Eye website". Retrieved 8 October 2015. 
  19. ^ "Saturate website". Retrieved 11 September 2015. 
  20. ^ "TAMS Analyzer website". Retrieved 11 September 2015. 
  21. ^ "TAMS Analyzer facebook blog". Retrieved 11 September 2015. 
  22. ^ "Transana website". Retrieved 2 February 2016. 
  23. ^ "Transana website". Retrieved 2 February 2016. 
  24. ^ "Visão website". Retrieved 11 September 2015. 
  25. ^ "webQDA website". Retrieved 10 September 2015. 
  26. ^ Banner, DJ; Albarrran, JW (2009). "Computer-assisted qualitative data analysis software: a review.". Canadian Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing 19 (3): 24–31. PMID 19694114. 
  27. ^ St John, W; Johnson, P (2000). "The pros and cons of data analysis software for qualitative research.". Journal of Nursing Scholarship 32 (4): 393–7. PMID 11140204. 

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