First comprehensive reference book for QDA software

January 12, 2008

Current British reference book represents, for the first time, all established software solutions for the qualitative data analysis (QDA) bundled; compares the application possibilities and offers important instructions for use and support – no matter which software is used.

The support by computers in qualitative research processes has become standard. Researchers of various disciplines employ special software for the data analysis – it might be open interviews, observation protocols, notes or focus groups. These programs enable, among others, the coding of data directly on the screen and enhance therefore the efficiency and transparency of the analysis work significantly.

First comprehensive reference book for QDA programs

In view of the great spread of such programs, the previous lack of technical literature surprises. But this gap has been now closed by British female researchers, Ann Lewins and Christina Silver, with their current book “Using Software in Qualitative Research: A Step-by-Step Guide”. The two QDA experts work at the independent CAQDAS Networking Project (Computer Assisted Qualitative Data Analysis) at the Social Department of the University of Surrey. Their book examines all established QDA software packages in the direct comparison with each other and under real conditions of practice. The presented programs are ATLAS.ti, Nvivo MAXqdata.

Support in the choice of the appropriate software

The two authors have worked both with QDA software for years and are developing and guiding several workshops concerning this topic. The target of this book is to bundle their experiences and to write a practical guidebook which compares the different programs, reveals their specialities and helps the user to select the appropriate software. The experts deem that both researchers have reached their targets.This book has gained plaudit of numerous parties and it is esteemed to be the most important work with the topic of qualitative software currently.

ATLAS.ti – user-friendly, clear and mighty

The software ATLAS.ti has been the market leader in the field of professional QDA software for more than a decade. This position is confirmed in the reference book of Lewins and Silver. ATLAS.ti scores very well compared with other programs consistently. The user-friendly and clear layout, which makes the context of the data visible as well as the function to link huge data volume of various media types (video, text, graphics, etc.) with each other easily and structured, are emphasised by the two authors. Thomas Muhr, computer scientist and possessor of ATLAS.ti GmbH gets excited about the positive opinion:”We are all happy and we feel honoured that our development work in this book receives independent and official recognition.”

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Editorial advice

The software ATLAS.ti is the worldwide leading program for analysing qualitative data. The indigenous version of the software developed in the years 1989 – 1992 within the scope of an interdisciplinary project of the Berlin TU institute of psychology under the direction of Professor Dr. Dr. Heiner Legewie. The project staff of those days and the actual possessor of the company ATLAS.ti GmbH (Ltd.), Thomas Muhr, psychologist and computer scientist, launched the first commercial version in 1993. Since then, the program has been incessantly made over and expanded and today it counts to the mightiest tools in the area of knowledge management. For further information and charge-free download opportunities of a demo version please see

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