Twitter – a great resource for research conversations and NVivo tips

05 October 2016 - BY Lyn Lavery IN NVivo, tips, twitter

Twitter – a great resource for research conversations and NVivo tips

October is the month to share NVivo tips on Twitter (using the #NVivotips hashtag). In this post, Lyn Lavery explores the benefits that Twitter offers qualitative researchers and shares her favorite #NVivotips.

Reading over some teaching evaluations one day, I was struck by how much my training participants valued the practical tips that I gave.

While I was contemplating whether there was a way to share these tips more widely, a Twitter notification popped up on my phone.

As I find the information-sharing side of Twitter really valuable, it wasn’t much of a leap to come up with the idea of using a hashtag on Twitter (#NVivotips) to share my ideas. I was also interested to hear what tips others may have – a quick tweet to my colleagues meant that there would be a group of us using #NVivotips during March.

But isn’t Twitter about what celebrities had for breakfast I hear you ask?

Well that’s what I thought originally as well, but I was delighted to be proved wrong! Twitter has a whole host of potential uses for researchers – connecting with others interested in your area of expertise, information gathering/sharing, and hosting conversations just to name a few.

If you’re information sharing or hosting a conversation, one way to achieve this within Twitter is to use a “hashtag” – this is a really simple means to group together content and track/search for information.

There is no preset list of hashtags - they are invented by users themselves, so if you create one all you need to do is get the word out about it! To get the hang of how they work, why not check out some of the hashtags in common usage (e.g., #phdchat#ecrchat and #NVivo) - either search for these within Twitter, or if you see them used in a Tweet simply click on the linked hashtag to see all other tweets associated with that tag.

But coming back to #NVivotips, the tips so far have been wide-ranging, and really demonstrate the fact that there's a lot more to NVivo than meets the eye!

There were some great suggestions for managing your NVivo project itself:

 Add a password to your projectProject name not same as file name Tips for project setup

Other tips covered coding related issues:

Code you memos Create a 'good quotes' node  Code an entire sentence

And of course, analysis tools weren't neglected either!

Compare groups with a matrix Add stop words to text queries

Some of the best "gems" came from more general tips regarding managing the NVivo interface:

Customize your workspace Click on icons not names View node descriptions in list view

To see all the tweeted tips, simply search for #NVivotips on Twitter.

If you're new to Twitter, it's always helpful to know who to follow - if you're interested in NVivo, I recommend following @QSRInt, @QSRSup@KMcNiff,  @academicconsult and don't forget me @laverylyn!

We’ll be tweeting with #NVivotips throughout the month - so make sure you keep an eye out for the hashtag and feel free to join us with your own tips!

Happy tweeting!

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Lyn Lavery (@laverylyn) is the Director of Academic Consulting a New Zealand based company that specialises in research and data analysis services. She has a passion for helping fellow researchers, and has been teaching research methods and software for over 15 years.