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  1. NVivo 11 will not open after being reinstalled following a computer crash. All data files were recovered. Will the free node coding on my data files migrate to N 12 without N 11 installed or when N 11 will not open directly?
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    Corrupted File

    I had the same problem of N 11 not opening after downloading the program to rebuild my computer following a crash. All data files were saved. Tried opening "Sample Project" without success. Provided QSR my zipped crash information file but did not receive a response regarding the cause of the problem(s). 30 September: downloaded replacement N 11 13 October: forwarded crash information to QSR-- NO Response 15 October: QSR representative closed out customer request Case number: 00637309 Contact Support Case Follow up [ ref:_00D2820aRK._5000I1nEvOT:ref ] OfflineCrashLogs (1).zip OfflineCrashLogs (2).zip
  3. Riowell: I, too, am an historian using NVivo for my work with 1500 documents (letters) relating to the family of Thomas Jefferson. In 2005, I completed a university class, a 3-day workshop with Kristi Jackson, and written one seminar paper, all using NVivo 2. I am now beginning more focused work on my disseration with NVivo 7, but still consider myself a "novice" in comparison to the what I read on the Forum from experienced social science researchers. However, I firmly believe the software has tremendous potential for advancing historical research practice with its capacity for managing data and contextualizing it over long time frames whilst retaining the detailed complexity to which historians are partial. Having said that, I still much to learn to fully utilize the sofware's capabilities. For example, how can one make full use of Cases and Attributes on documents? What is the best way to capture narrativity topically? Should documents be assembled in to time-specific sets (e.g., 1802, 1803, etc), source sets, person sets, or just left in a time sequenced whole. Currently, for example, I have organized the letters by author, year, and named files so they appear along a time dimension ("1802 01 30") with each of these sets. However, I am not sure this is the best for the analytical function, once coding is completed. Some time back, I trolled the Forum for "historians" and have located one other in Australia. I will be contacting that person again after several months away from my project and inquire as to her interest in a mini 3-way discussion as our separate research progresses. I certainly am very interested in sharing ideas, insights, obstacles, etc. with other historians. I recently presented to some 40 professional and lay historians at a private foundation who were VERY interested in the approach, so I think there is some interest out there. If interested, you can contact me directly at bl@wayson.net. Billy Wayson University of Virginia
  4. gracespring

    Historical Analysis

    Hi Janine: It is so exciting to find someone else approaching historical research in a similar fashion. I, too, am mulling how to deal with integrating literature review with the letters. One approach being considered is to hyperlink with the many electronic journal articles I have collected over my graduate studies. I have experiemented some but am concerned it will become too cumbersome (slow). Another way that would not yield immediate quotes might be to hyperlink to an EndNote bibliography that would at least provide a footnote which could be elaborated at the drafting stage. Another issue for me is whether to collect some 1000 letters between three correspondents into separate NVivo files: Person/By Year(s). They are currently organized this way to simplify cataloguing, but I am not sure what keeping them this way would help/hinder NVivo searches, model building, etc. Any thoughts or experiences you may have would be deeply appreciated. I have no objection to your contacting me directly (bl@wayson.net). Billy PS: Incidently, my research focuses on the education of Martha Jefferson Randolph, daughter of Thomas J. Looking forward to hearing from you. <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
  5. I am writing a history dissertation using NVivo to code some 1400 documents (letters), somewhat to the consternation of my Cmt. I am interested in locating other reseachers who might be doing similar work; for example, constructing a topical narrative such as "gardening" across time; or ordering documents chronologically.
  6. I am analyzing a set of letters and it is important in reports to maintain the chronological order of the text to capture the "conversation." Is this best done with (1) a numberic file name; (2) an attribute; or what? Thanks
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