Conference on Software to Analyze Qualitative Data
Whether research involves in-depth interviews, observations, ethnographic accounts, documentary materials, video, or images, today’s qualitative data analytic software often improves the analytic process. But there are many software packages available with substantial differences in ease of learning and use. On Friday, September 30, 2005, The Social Science Data Library (SSDL), the Institute for Public Affairs, and the Office of the Vice President for Research and Graduate Studies hosted a one-day conference to explore these new tools. Raymond Maietta, Ph.D., offered two types of introductory sessions during the conference. Ray is one of the most knowledgeable persons about qualitative software in the U.S. A sociologist, Ray heads , a company he organized to train researchers in the use of these packages.
Ray discusses various qualtiative data analysis software packages.
During the morning session, Ray introduced and compared the strengths of several qualitative data analysis software packages, including MAXqda, Atlas.ti, N6, NVivo, HyperResearch, and Qualrus. The afternoon session provided an introduction and training for Atlas.ti and MAXqda.
The audience filled Tuttleman 105.
Twenty-five folks signed up for the hands-on session.
The SSDL is working to expand our network of qualitative researchers throughout the university. We would like to form a user group for researchers using qualitative data analysis software to gain a greater understanding of their needs and measure the level of interest in support of additional resources to purchase the software or site licenses and to provide training and support for the software.
For more information about qualitative data analysis software click on the following links:
A primer on qualitative data analysis software (Computer-Assisted Qualitative Data Analysis Software -- CAQDAS),
Analysis of predominant qualitative data analysis software packages (including links to the software sites, and a bibliography of journal articles reviewing the software and its capabilities).