Blog from February, 2014

What is Nvivo

NVivo key terms:

  • Sources are your research materials including documents, PDFs, datasets, audio, video, pictures, memos and framework matrices.
  • Coding is the process of gathering material by topic, theme or case. For example, selectin a paragraph about water quality and coding it at the node ‘water quality’.
  • Nodes are containers for your coding—they let you gather related material in one place so that you can look for emerging patterns and ideas.
  • Source classifications let you record information about your sources—for example, bibliographical data.
  • Node classifications allow to you record information about people, places or other cases for example, demographic data about people.

Getting Started Guide


(bolded topics are most important)

  • Read getting started guide to get basic knowledge (16-44)
  • Open Nvivo and open help tool (question mark, upper-right corner). Explore topics carefully.
  • Open Sample Project in Nvivo
    • Sources pane (left side of the UI)
      • Explore interviews -folder (check especially video interview to see how video and transcription are synced)
      • Look into Area and township -folder. Images can be used as sources also. Try to code image (draw rectangular to image and click right button)
      • Check Social Media and survey folders in order to get picture that web sites and questionnaires can be used also as sources
      • IMPORT document to Nvivo
    • Nodes pane
      • Click economy node. List of references (node content) in sources will be generated. Explore it to see which sources include "economy node"
      • Go to VIew tab (top of the screen)
        • turn stripes on
        • turn highlights on
    • Classifications
      • Check what kind of classifications have been done
      • Go to different sets of sources and open classification sheets
    • Queries pane
      • Coding comparison: two persons code same content and Nvivo calculates similarity of coding. THIS IS VERY IMPORTANT for validity / reliability of your study.
      • Other queries are for exploring your nodes/data, but are for "advanced users" .. I have used queries to quantify my qualitative data. Check what kind of queries have been done in sample project
    • Reports
      • You can get coding summaries, node summaries etc. reports by using this dialog. Quite nice for getting an overview of your nodes etc.


Welcome to the quali course

Welcome to the qualitative research -course.