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NVivo 8's coding tools to offer unrivalled flexibility

Date: 16 November 2007
Category: Announcements

NVivo made paper based manual coding on large projects obsolete more than a decade ago. NVivo 8, due for release in the first quarter of 2008, is set to offer a new level of flexibility with unrivalled coding tools to enhance analysis and finetune teamwork.

New improved coding stripes

NVivo’s coding stripes – like colored highlighter pens for your project themes – have always let you see which sections of your documents have been categorized or ‘coded’ at specific topics or ‘nodes’. With NVivo 8, you’ll now be able to see coding stripes for all of your project data, from individual documents such as transcripts, to pictures, video and audio files.

See who’s coded what at a glance

For the first time, NVivo 8 coding stripes will allow you to view all of the coding done by particular users in a project. Click to see the coding of a single team member or several people – one stripe represents one user. This unique tool provides a visual comparison of who’s coded what. See more detail by hovering over a user coding stripe. It will show you the names of the nodes the user has coded to.

Examine attributes with ease

Want to know more about the attributes of your research subjects? NVivo 8’s coding stripes now let you quickly see demographic information such as gender, age or income across your coding. Use this tool to distinguish comments made by males and females within your project data or ‘sources’.

Take this a step further and use coding stripes to display coding related to individual team members and attributes. For example, see which team member coded comments made by males. Or use coding stripes to display coding related to your ‘cases’ and attributes. For example, see which cases represent the comments made by females.

Watch your coding grow in real time

NVivo 8’s coding stripes are now live and dynamic – they update automatically and in real time as you code. For example, select to display the nodes most recently coded, and watch the stripes update as you complete new coding. You can even select to display a stripe for a node that has no coding yet. Watch the colored bar appear and then grow as you code to this node. 

New ways to save time with autocoding

Autocoding has always been useful when you need to quickly classify structured data, such as questionnaire responses. Now in NVivo 8, the days of spending hours and hours setting up structures for autocoding are over. NVivo 8 will preserve the paragraph styles and formatting used in original Microsoft Word documents and allow you to use them for autocoding. Importantly, this includes styles that have been set up in non-English versions of Word, allowing for true global collaboration across team projects.

Customize your autocoding options

Want to create your own customized paragraph styles within NVivo? You can now do this too. And once you’ve created them, ‘autocode’ them in NVivo 8.

NVivo 8 also gives you the ability to add customized fields to your transcripts. For example, develop a custom field to record each speaker’s name in a focus group. Then use NVivo 8’s autocoding tools to create a new node for each speaker and code all of their comments to it with a few simple clicks.

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