Live collaboration in ATLAS.ti Cloud

February 26, 2019

Written by: Dr. Neringa Kalpokaite & Ivana Radivojevic


ATLAS.ti Cloud is the brand-new, fully web-based version of the powerful qualitative data analysis software. Now that you analyze your qualitative data online, conducting teamwork is easier than ever with ATLAS.ti Cloud’s live collaboration features. Multiple people can work together on the same project in real time, and ATLAS.ti Cloud will automatically save and update the project. Choose your project, invite your team members, and everyone can work on the project from their own computers. ATLAS.ti Cloud keeps track of the author of each new entity (document, quotation, code, etc.), so you can easily keep track of who did what.

How does it work?

  1. Go to the Project Settings of the project you want to share
  2. Click on “+ Add new project member” and enter the person’s name and email (you can also write them a personalized message)
  3. Click “Send invitation” and wait for their confirmation
  4. Repeat steps 1-3 for each person you want to invite to your project
  5. That’s it! Now all of you can see and work on the project from your own ATLAS.ti Cloud accounts

Your projects are automatically saved and updated in the moment, so you can collaborate in real time with others! Research conducted in teams has been moving knowledge and science forward for centuries, and with the growth of online tools, more people all around the world can enjoy the many benefits of teamwork. When people work as a team, they can often better overcome complex problems, and they can develop innovative and creative solutions. Teams can also be very effective for tackling large and/or long-term projects, as the group can benefit from the diverse strengths of each team member. In addition to this, individuals can learn from each other during the group work, and the social support is invaluable for making the research not only more manageable but also enjoyable.

To make the teamwork easier, we also suggest that you and your team agree on a clear teamwork protocol: overall goals, what each person’s role is, and so on. A memo provides a perfect space to note down this information. That way, each person will clearly know what they need to do in the project, and you can also use memos to keep a “bulletin board” of notes and comments between all the team members.

In the future, you will also be able to see who is currently working on any given part of the project. For example, if you are working on a document, and another person is working on the same document at the same time, ATLAS.ti Cloud will also show you that that person is there, and you will be able to see any changes they are making in the moment. And remember, you can always export your ATLAS.ti Cloud projects and continue working on it from the desktop versions, ATLAS.ti 8 Windows/Mac, to take your analyses even further with the full range of tools from ATLAS.ti.

Keep an eye out for the upcoming features that will provide you with even more details about your teamwork, and meanwhile we hope you enjoy collaborating with others in ATLAS.ti Cloud!



Kalpokaite, N., & Radivojevic, I. (2019). Best Practice Article: Live collaboration in ATLAS.ti Cloud. Retrieved from


About the authors:

Dr. Neringa Kalpokaite has dedicated her professional career to qualitative methodology. From her doctoral thesis for which she received the cum laude award in the Complutense University of Madrid to working as a visiting researcher at Harvard University, all of her research projects have been qualitative and carried out with ATLAS.ti. During her 15 years of professional work, she has published numerous articles in a variety of high-impact journals, she has given over 450 trainings, and she has helped over 8,500 people carry out qualitative research. In addition to leading the Europe Team of ATLAS.ti and being the CEO of NkQualitas, she is also a member of the Editorial Advisory Board of the Journal of New Approaches in Educational Research and a professor at the international IE University. Following students’ demand for more rigorous training in qualitative research, she pioneered and taught the qualitative research and ATLAS.ti course at IE University. She continually participates in international conferences to continue sharing knowledge, and she is part of a team of reviewers of articles from high-impact journals. She has repeatedly received awards for excellent teaching in qualitative research. She has also received several research grants from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, the Government of Lithuania, and Harvard University. Her latest publications include “Demystifying Qualitative Data Analysis for Novice Qualitative Researchers“, “Teaching qualitative data analysis software online: A comparison of face-to-face and e-learning ATLAS.ti courses“, and “Leading a successful transition to democracy: A qualitative analysis of political leadership in Spain and Lithuania“.

Ivana Radivojevic, a former student of Dr. Neringa Kalpokaite’s Qualitative Research course, is passionate about qualitative research and ATLAS.ti. After finishing her training, she was invited to join Neringa’s NkQualitas team and has been participating in numerous qualitative research projects since 2015, resulting in multiple publications in high-impact journals. She is currently the Project Coordinator of ATLAS.ti and is a Senior Professional Trainer. She has given numerous courses, including over 250 webinars, and she has helped over 3,000 people learn to use ATLAS.ti and conduct qualitative research. She continually participates in international conferences to learn and share knowledge with the scientific community. Her latest publications include “Demystifying Qualitative Data Analysis for Novice Qualitative Researchers“, “Teaching qualitative data analysis software online: A comparison of face-to-face and e-learning ATLAS.ti courses“, and “Leading a successful transition to democracy: A qualitative analysis of political leadership in Spain and Lithuania“.

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