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 – qualitative research, free software, Marxism, the horrors of NVivo, and my plans for PythiaQDA. If interested, there’s an Eventbrite page …

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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) has the potential to revolutionise both the scale of qualitative research and the array of possible analysis techniques. Yet currently …

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Upcoming workshop presentation – ‘XVivo: The case for an open source QDAS’

I will be doing a presentation on the need for qualitative researchers to embrace open source software and my work on Pythia as part of the Urban Studies’ Monday workshops at the University of Glasgow on 26th November. Abstract: Qualitative data analysis software (QDAS) has the potential to revolutionise both the scale of qualitative research and the array of possible analysis techniques. Yet currently available software still imposes unnecessary limits that …

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A Qualitative Computing Revolution?

The challenges of data management and analysis on a large longitudinal qualitative research project Computer aided qualitative data analysis has the potential to revolutionise both the scale of research and possible analysis techniques. Yet, the software itself still imposes limits that hinder and prevent this full potential from being realised. This post looks at the large and complex dataset created as part of the Welfare Conditionality research project, the analytical …

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