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We are involved in an international collaboration spanning four continents, Africa, Asia, North and South America.

 

This is a message from our project team in Kerala, India. Perhaps someone can assist us in answering this question below:

 

"While we work in Nvivo, is there any chance that some nodes along with their coded passges get deleted and lost? Any chance of recovering such lost data?

How do we import a particular portion from one file (version) of a project to another file of the same project - a different version? Thank you."

 

Please also forward a responce to antonypalackal@yahoo.com

 

Thank you kindly.

 

Rick Duque

M.A., Doctoral Candidate

Department of Sociology

Louisiana State University

rduque1@lsu.edu

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We are involved in an international collaboration spanning four continents, Africa, Asia, North and South America. 

 

This is a message from our project team in Kerala, India.  Perhaps someone can assist us in answering this question below:

 

"While we work in Nvivo, is there any chance that some nodes along with their coded passges get deleted and lost? Any chance of recovering such  lost data?

How do we import a particular portion from one file (version) of a project to another file of the same project - a different version? Thank you."

 

Please also forward a responce to antonypalackal@yahoo.com

 

Thank you kindly.

 

Rick Duque

M.A., Doctoral Candidate

Department of Sociology

Louisiana State University

rduque1@lsu.edu

 

Rick there's no "magic" software reason why this would happen: but it is of course very easy for a node to be deleted - and if the node is deleted, of course all coding goes too. Not to mention, all the children nodes and their coding.

 

NVivo asks if you are sure, but often we say yes to such messages without reading them. In NVivo 2, the only way of recovering the nodes and coding is by reverting to a backup version of the project. (Yes, then you need Undo!)

 

You can merge two projects, using the separate software called Merge for NVivo. If there is just one part of an earlier project that you want to merge (for example, the nodes that were inadvertently deleted) the best advice is to make a copy of the earlier project, and in that copy delete all the nodes except the ones that are "missing" from the later version. Then merge it with the later version. That minimizes the chances that in merging the earlier and later versions you will get messy results (for example if in the later version you had done a cleanup of nodes and deleted unwanted ones, you don't want them to turn up again because of the merge.)

 

I hope this helps

cheers

Lyn

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