QSR NUD*IST Vivo - Scolari Software Inc.


  1. Intended Audience: Researchers engaged in qualitative data analysis
  2. Range of Functions
  1. What features of this software could be most useful for ERG/ESPM Researchers?
  1. How does the software design affect or restrict the research process?
  1. Overall Evaluation for both design and execution and functionality?


The following Section comes from the SAGE website:

Summary of Features of QSR NUD*IST Nvivo.


  1. Creating Documents – From a technicolor project pad, you choose "Make a Project Document" and this wizard appears and offers you a number of choices. You can make new documents in rich text or import a rich text file into your new project, or you can make a proxy document for data that you do not yet have or that you want to put into electronic format.
  2. Editing Documents – Once a document is created, you can edit any document freely to add, delete, underline, annotate, change heading level, move paragraphs around. This allows you to work with your project data in QSR, coded, and organized from the beginning of your project.
  3. Creating Nodes – Nodes can be created in your project simply by placing and naming it. The program offers you a box for description. Nodes may be coded, but need not be. Parent nodes hold and organize children nodes automatically when coded. The researcher can also create nodes directly without coding. Nodes can be kept as Free Nodes or organized hierarchically in Trees (category, subcategory, etc.) Case Nodes can code material about a particular case. Sets can be made in any number of nodes.
  4. Attributes – are integrated with filtering and searching procedures. They are consistent across a project. They can be changed as relevant to the project. Values of attributes can be numbers, strings or characters, boolean (yes/no) or dates. An item can have only one value of an attribute. These can all be changed later as the research progresses. This information can also be exported to any table-based software—a statistics package like SPSS, a spreadsheet or a word processor.
  5. Coding – Text can be coded with a speed-coding bar; with the selection of text and clicking of the In-Vivo button; or by dragging and dropping the selected text to a node or the node to the text. Editing will not invalidate the coding. Rich text allows visual coding with font, color, etc. These are retained if you code again later at the nodes. Coding is integrated into every analysis procedure in Nvivo.
  6. Reports – Rich text reports of documents or nodes showing patterns of coding statistics on coding of documents or coding at nodes can be produced at any time.
  7. Searches – in the search tool’s panels you need to choose a search operation, specify the scope; and say how the data from the search will appear.

New Linking

Qualitative linking that is visual, easily managed, flexible. Place any number of links anywhere in documents or at nodes; review and manage links, code links, jump to the linked item:

•DataBites in documents hyperlink to your annotations or to other text, HTML files, sound and image, spreadsheets etc. Use this feature to build dynamic compound documents, including and coding links to multimedia files e.g. embed snippets from a videotape file into a summary document for the tape. •DocLinks go from documents, from any text, or from a node, to any documents — connect documents in webs of evidence, linking memos and related data. •NodeLinks go from documents or nodes to existing nodes or Extract Nodes, to link with particular text extracts. Jump to the linked node in the Node Browser, with all the abilities to move from node to context or back to the document. •All in-text links can be coded.

New Coding

Code any selected characters in any of several ways: Code your document by selecting text and nodes in a Document Browser.

Edit while you code. Feel free to edit the document while you code it! Copy/paste text and links from one document to another, carrying the coding along with the text.

Code the text by selecting it in a Node Browser — showing all the coding passages for a given node.

Drag and Drop: drag from the text to the node or node to text, using the interactive Coder, which has find and display techniques, and ways of multiple coding.

Speed Coding Bar: rapid selection from most recently used nodes or type in a node and create it as you code.

In-Vivo coding: Select the code name from text, click to make the node and code the selection.

View coding in many ways including visual display of Coding Stripes in Browsers and highlighting of text coded at a node in the Coder.

Use the fast Paragraph Coder for coding entry based on paragraph numbers.

Use the fully automatic batch-style Section Coder to pre-code your documents based on their section and sub-section numbering and headings.

New Data Management

Use the Attributes system for descriptive coding of whole documents or nodes integrated with all management and search procedures. Create, profile, change values of attributes, including numeric and date attributes.

Make Sets of documents or nodes for sorting or analysis: created by drag and drop, put a document or node in as many sets as you like.

Filter sets and searches by documents, attribute values or value ranges, coding patterns and many other properties.

Use Case Nodes with special management of attributes for analysis of data that comes in cases — and sub-cases.

New Search processes

New text and index searching integration. Mix text search, coding search, and attribute-based search freely in the one search operation.

Text Search includes powerful extensions to regular-expression pattern matching, tailored to the needs of NVivo documents. Approximate matching is also supported.

One dialog allows you to specify combinations of searches (the how to search), data to be searched (the what to search) and outcome (what to do with the results).

How to search: All the familiar N4 search methods, and many new ones, are presented in an integrated way in flexible high-feedback dialogs.

What to search: new Scoping of searches to specify just what documents or nodes you want to search, using the Sets facility. Test your scope before running the search using the Assay tool.

What to do with the results: Major extensions to QSR's invention of "System Closure" — keep the search results not just as a node, but as a set of nodes, one for each input item to the search — allows for unprecedented types of results analysis. Or make a set of the input items that have finds — useful for fast filtering of data in commercial surveys for example.

New Assay of search results — or even of a search operation before you carry it out. What do you have here? Display an overview of what you’ve found (or what you're working on), profile and report the results of the assay.

New Matrix search and live graphical display make a matrix or cross-tabulation of coding or text searches, and display the table graphically on screen in several modes, with color "contouring" of cells. Live jump from a cell to its text displayed in a Node Browser, which can take you to wider context as needed.

New Modeler (Graphical Representation)

Create any number of full-color graphical Models, linking data and ideas.

Put any NVivo objects —documents, nodes, attributes/values, Sets — into your models as model items. You can even make one model an item in another model.

Create, shift and style links between items.

Jump from any item in a model to the NVivo object it represents and thus to the text or detail of data.

Use visual layers and groups to express and explore levels of theories or rival interpretations: select to view composite pictures or separate layers. View and review layered models as theory emerges.

Store, change and explore any number of models and their parts in the Model Explorer.

Audit the development of your understanding with archived or layered models.

Use models for research design, for display in meetings or for theory development. Live links to items, and thence to other files, bring the parts of a project together.

Use a model to layout and display ways you are organizing nodes in Trees.

New ways of Reporting and Exporting

Print the Browser displays of documents, or node contents, with their coding stripes and numbered paragraphs and sections.

Save or print the contents of documents and nodes in rich text, with all links identified in end-notes.

Save models as full-color bitmap files.

Create comprehensive rich-text Reports to list information on all areas of your project, for editing in NVivo, saving or printing.

Create flexible tabular Profiles of project data, export them to any table-handling program such as spreadsheets.

Special SPSS(TM) export facilities for all profiles.

In addition import Attribute data from SPSS or just about any table-handling program.

Export a node or any class or set of nodes to Decision Explorer(TM) for analysis using its unique toolkit.

New Project Facilities

•Set up and maintain teams for your projects, with passwords if desired, and document/node ownership. •Provide controlled read-only or guest access. •Make copies of your project at any time. •Create executable locked-database versions of your projects for secure use by others. •Import any NUD*IST 3 or 4 projects into your NVivo project. NVivo makes your memos full documents, makes Proxy documents for ones that were external. Use rich text editing and linking to bring your data alive!

Full documentation and help

Software ships with •Full-size book, Using NVivo in Qualitative Research, on the methods and research strategies using the software (also available separately from Sage Publications Ltd) •Reference Manual giving detailed how-to instructions. •Help files online explain processes and dialogs. •Two tutorials with full help text and sample projects for self-teaching. •Details of trainers and consultants world-wide to help you use NVivo in your research.

System requirements: •Windows 95 or later •16 Mb RAM •VGA monitor •Mouse •CD-ROM •External DataBites require you to have a viewer program appropriate for the data type used

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Date last modified - 22-November-99