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Join us on Twitter for an NVivo chat: it's like group therapy for busy researchers

15 February 2016 - BY Kath McNiff

Update: Researchers around the globe attended the first #nvivochat - there were so many great tips and insights about coding. It was also a lot of fun!

Don't worry if you missed the chat - you can see the conversation here on Storify.

If you have any ideas for the next chat - just tweet them to me @kmcniff and we can flock together again :)


Calling all birds of an NVivo feather - it's time to flock together!

The first NVivo Twitter chat (#nvivochat) is happening from 10-11am (AEDT) on February 24.

Lyn Lavery (@laverylyn) and Jenine Beekhuyzen (@jeninebeek) are experienced research practitioners and long-time NVivo users. They'll be online to chat about the agony and ecstacy of coding, specifically:

  • Where do you start?
  • What techniques do you use?
  • How do you organize the workspace?
  • How do you know when you’re finished?
  • How do you move from descriptive to more analytic coding?

In each of these topic areas you can ask your own questions, test drive ideas and get any concerns off your chest.

Tweet chats are fast and informal. It doesn't matter if your thoughts are half formed or your spelling is questionable. No one is judging you.

Think of it as group therapy for researchers.

It's also a great way to connect with like-minded people. You may find new experts to follow and approaches you hadn't considered before.

So, how does it work?

At the allocated date and time, fire-up Twitter and search for the #nvivochat hashtag.  

You'll see the conversation taking place and you can start tweeting.

It can be tricky to follow the conversation in the normal Twitter interface. For a more streamlined and clutter-free experience - I love using TweetChat.  Just enter the #nvivochat hashtag and click go. 


You might prefer to set up a twitter search for #nvivochat in free tools like TweetDeck, Hootsuite or in the Twitter app on your mobile device. 

Some simple guidelines

No-one gets too picky about how a twitter chat progresses but there are a few guidelines that are worth considering - particularly when it comes to keeping track of questions and answers.

At start time, I'll get the ball rolling by asking participants to introduce themselves. Don't be shy :)

Then comes the first question (Q1):

One of the experts might jump in first but anyone is welcome to answer the question - as long as they preface the tweet with A1 so that everyone knows they are answering the first question. 

Feel free to tweet your own concerns and raise related questions.

Along the way, you can retweet or 'like' any tweets that resonate or inspire. You can also reply directly to a tweeter but remember to include the #nvivochat hashtag so that everyone can follow along.

If you're new to Twitter  - here's how to get started and here's a handy list of active academic tweeters you might like to follow.

If you've never participated in a chat before, I encourage (dare) you to give it a go. It can be an exhilarating experience that gets the blood flowing and insights blossoming.

Look forward to meeting you there :)