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    RMIT Melbourne - left QSR 1/1/06
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    I now do teaching, writing, about qualitative research and improving methods for handling qualitative data, using all that I've learned thru the years of driving software development. Note, I no longer do software training, in QSR's or other software. Other interests are opera, orchids, orchards, bushwalking and above all, family in all its manifestations.

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  1. It has indeed been a great project, and a marvellous supplement to the text book advice and lessons in my book. The ten researchers who've contributed have written accessible, honest accounts of their research experience. I'm sorry, no summaries available yet. But the site will go up with the publication of the second edition of the book, due December this year according to the Sage website. A note for Japanese researchers: there's a nice connection with the just-out Japanese translation of Handling Qualitative Data. Prof Junko Otani, the principal translator, has contributed one of the r
  2. That's because the initiation of this project is looong ago, Venne! So here's an update on my message. I've been working with the ten researchers whose projects were selected for the Methods in Practice website, for six months now, as they prepare and edit their contributions. Final files go to Sage for publication on their website at the end of April. The revision of the book is also completed and gets delivered to Sage on Monday (wheeeee!) The Methods in Practice project has of course proven to be about 1K times bigger a task than anyone, even I, imagined, but the result is going to be
  3. Dear all, The full set of online step-by-step tutorials is now available for NVivo 8. This is an update of the set of ten self-teaching tutorials I wrote for NVivo 7, matching the ten chapters of "Handling Qualitative Data". Some 6-8,000 people have downloaded these tutorials, and very many teachers from countries worldwide have asked permission to use them in courses. Whilst they are copyright, I happily give permission for copying for teaching purposes. The version for NVivo 8 has been updated by Fiona and Sue at QSR, who added a new tutorial on handling nontext data, and many u
  4. Well Carlos, you outed the NVivo 8 tutorials! I was waiting politely for QSR to let people know, via the website or this Forum, about this new set of tutorials. They have been available since the end of September for download. and most updating was done by QSR staff. But it seems that, like the previous set of online tutorials for NVivo 7, this free resource was to remain a secret, accessible only by word of mouth and Forum discussions. But now, as the marketers say, (intriguingly, usually in bulk mailouts to huge lists), You Can Be Among The First To Know....! I'll provide more
  5. My thanks for all the splendidly enthusiastic personal responses I've had to the proposal for a "Methods in Practice" online resource. It's proving an intriguing and very enjoyable discussion - and such live reports of research practices are clearly much needed and will be much appreciated. I've now put detailed guidelines and timelines up on my website - http://www.lynrichards.org/Guidelines_for_...in_Practice.htm. Please go there to find out more about what's involved in writing a contribution and how these reports will be presented. Dates for each stage are on the website. For now,
  6. Dear All, This is an invitation to contribute to a new set of online resources telling qualitative methods in practice - how researchers actually conducted the tasks of handling and analysing data, what worked and what didn’t, and the strategies and techniques developed. These reports will be freely available on the website Sage Publications will host for the next edition of my latest text, Handling Qualitative Data. Apologies for cross-posting, but I’m keen to send the invitation around widely, as explained below. Please send it on to colleagues you think may wish to contribute.
  7. Dear all, This is to let you know that Tom Richards and I have now completely exited from QSR. As of August 2007 we have no connection with the company, by ownership, employment or consultancy, and no responsibility for its products, policies or marketing claims. More details of the story up to now and of our activities in this new stage are on my website. Warmest wishes to all the researchers around the world we’ve worked with in these long years of software development and to all the users of software we've taught and learned from. We very much hope that qualitative software, includi
  8. You're halfway there, Eugene, having understood that nodes (or indeed sources) in Sets are shortcuts. Thus they have to be shortcuts to real items (nodes or sources). If you create a node anywhere, it's a real node, and you'll find it where you created it - tree, free or case. So you don't need to export it out of the set (indeed, you can't!) It's just there, in the nodes folder where you put it. You can delete its shortcut in the set at any time. Give it a go in your project. Sets are working spaces, ways of managing your data so that you can see and grab a particular collection of items
  9. Dear all, An update for those using my free website tutorials, and/or my workshop handbook, and particularly for those researchers and teachers I've talked with since they appeared - if you are wanting far more detailed assistance via a book to keep beside you, the news is that NOW OUT is the far fuller, step by step, do-it-in-your-own-project guide - Pat Bazeley's book on Qualitative Data Analysis with NVivo. Please all, note that this book replaces the NVivo Qualitative Project Book, which Pat wrote with me, unless you are using the earlier version of NVivo. You can find out more abo
  10. Dear Newbie, NVivo won't mind if they all stay in one document, and you can do what you are wanting to do. But it might get pretty unwieldy for you. If the open endeds are brief, I'd not split into 300 documents, but maybe if there's a basis for splitting by site or stage of the project I would do so. However you do it, you're going to want to make a case node for each case, and assign the attributes to that case. Then you need to code at that node everything from that case. Preferably by autocoding! So it’s really worth while to format your document/s so that you can autocode –you’ll do
  11. Isabelle, perhaps you need to work out why you'd do such line by line examination of the text, and what you would want to record as a result? There are several very different approaches to Grounded Theory these days, and the texts will give you a clearer idea of these. Before you go on, you need to work out why on earth one would do this! It's highly timeconsuming, and can be very frustrating - I've often been in groups that didn't get beyond the first page after an hour. But it is a wonderful way of immersing yourself in the text whilst getting up off it by comparison and reflection. My own
  12. Dear all, I've had personal messages from some folk who saw Leonie's message but not mine a ways down and wanted to know where to get these materials. The pdf's are hosted on QSR's server. Here are the links: The ten tutorials can be used directly from the resources website at Sage Publications. Or to download (careful! It's a 112 page document!) click here. The "Up and Running" handbook is described more fully on my own website . To download (24 pages) click here. Thanks to all those who've written nice things about these free materials. I've been delighted that they have pr
  13. Dear all, Another great conference with emphasis on workshops and debates is coming up in May, in Madison, for those wanting to discuss issues of teaching and learning with software. The message from the organisers is posted below, with links. cheers, Lyn ------------------------------------------------------------------------ Please consider joining us at the 3rd bi-annual conference in our series on teaching qualitative methods. The conferences is sponsored by the Wisconsin Center for Education Research and QSR International. The links below provide information on the conference
  14. Dear All, The ten detailed teach yourself tutorials for NVivo 7, and the "Up and Running" handbook I wrote to get researchers started in their own project, are both now available from QSR's download site. It's been great chatting to the constant flow of people requesting that I send the pdf's - but this gives more direct access and provides me with a bit more time to get on with more writing (But please do still feel free to email me if you want to talk about these materials.) The pdf's are hosted on QSR's server. Here are the links: The ten tutorials can be used directly f
  15. Dear all, This is the sort of topic you shouldn't buy into late at night - but I couldn't resist. You've had some good advice, Daniel, and it implies you need to do some methodological thinking about why you're coding - coding absolutely must be purposive or it becomes ritualistic, boring, timeconsuming and life threatening! Well, yes, I do have some strong views on this and you can read 'em in my Handling Qualitative Data book. Why so strong? I've seen too many promising projects, even promising researchers, brought down by what I called at one Strategies conference "coding fetis
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