A vision of the future of qualitative analysis
What is PythiaQDA?
Disclaimer: This page is a place-holder, PythiaQDA is still in very early development and not ready for real-world use.
PythiaQDA is free and open source software for qualitative and mixed-methods data analysis.
Provides a familiar and easy to learn user interface. Yet modular and extensible to adapt to your analysis workflow.
Runs on Linux, Windows, and MacOS.
Benefits of PythiaQDA
PythiaQDA is not simply a “free” QDAS. It is about giving qualitative researchers the freedom to use, study, share, and modify the software however they want.
It is about facilitating open science within qualitative research. Planned features include “quote objects”, which maintain a tie between source quotes and the analysis, to create new ways to analyse and share your findings with colleagues and the wider public.
It is about empowering researchers to develop innovative methods. Customise the interface to suit your workflow. Create extensions to add new features and data types. Access your data using your favourite R and Python statistical and quantitative text analysis packages.
Most importantly – PythiaQDA is about contributing to the academic community rather than making a profit from it.
Karl Marx (possibly)
Let the proprietary QDAS companies tremble at an open source revolution. Qualitative researchers have nothing to lose but their license fees. They have a world of open science to win.
Qualitative researchers of all disciplines, unite!
PythiaQDA needs you!
From the Blog
Slides – Free and Open Source QDAS: You have nothing to lose but your licence fees!
Here are the slides from my seminar on why proprietary software is hindering innovation in qualitative analysis and using the design philosophy of PythiaQDA to illustrate the revolutionary potential of free software as an alternative. Basically, the seminar was an excuse for me to bring together some of my favourite…
Free and Open Source QDAS: You have nothing to lose but your licence fees!
I’ll be doing a seminar on why proprietary software is hindering innovation in qualitative analysis and using the design philosophy of PythiaQDA to illustrate the revolutionary potential of free software as an alternative. Basically, the seminar is an excuse for me to bring together some of my favourite topics –…
Slides – ‘XVivo: The case for an open source QDAS’
Here are my slides from my presentation calling for qualitative researchers to embrace open source software and my work on Pythia – an open source QDAS written in Python. This presentation was part of the Urban Studies’ Monday Workshops at the University of Glasgow. Abstract: Qualitative data analysis software (QDAS)…