Dedoose is a product of SocioCultural Research Consultants, LLC
We thank Eli Lieber for his input on these pages.
Dedoose is a web-based application designed for individual work or synchronous collaborative research from different sites; it provides a range of mixed methods tools for the handling of text, spreadsheet data and video. A series of workspaces allows coding, retrievals and memoing and a wide range of charts enable quantitative visualisation of findings if required. A subscription fee for access to the service for particular periods of time provides a flexible payment model.
As you will see in the subsequent pages – there are various types of data which can be imported and some of them are auto-processed as they are imported.
- You can create an empty project and later import data
- You can import a spreadsheet of mixed quantitative and qualitative data and the software auto-processes the information on import.
Eli Lieber gets started with a general overview processes of creating an account in Dedoose then a description of the building blocks of setting up a project. More detailed step by step instructions for each of those building blocks follows in later sections.
The step by step sections are not always oriented to specific case study data, but you can experiment with any of the textual or spreadsheet data supplied in any of the 3 sample case studies. Get started!
In Chapter 5 to help get you started, we talk about productive things you can do in the early stages of setting up a ‘project’ in software. Experimenting with these processes where relevant in your chosen software will help to become familiar with useful entities in the software. We keep the subject matter of other chapters in mind as the step by step tasks get deeper into the interpretive and interrogation processes of analysing different media. Varied approaches to qualitative data analysis inform how we discuss the functions of software.