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Several ethnographic data management programs have been mentioned
(Atlas-ti, NUDIST, NVIVO, etc.). I would like to suggest another, ANSWR,
for the following reasons.
1. It is free. You can download it from the CDC website (CDC.GOV) and
install it. It is also supported by CDC, and is used internationally.
2. It supports all of the functions that are supported by the other
ethnographic software programs (data entry, coding, search, and output) and
includes additional ones that may be particularly useful for network
analysis, including keeping track of who is speaking, as well as what they
are talking about. It allows you to conduct some interesting matrix types
of multiple code data output.
3. It has a function that allows it to export some codes to quantitative
programs, which means that it can act as an interesting bridge to
quantitative network programs like UCINET, PAJEK, etc.
4. It is free.
This is the CDC description of ANSWR. I have also added the description of
EZ Text, which some of you might be interested in if you used open ended
questions in surveys and questionnaires.
General Database Software
AnSWR (Analysis Software for Word Based Records)
<http://www.cdc.gov/hiv/software/answr.htm>AnSWR v6.4 is a software system
for coordinating and conducting large-scale, team-based analysis projects
that integrate qualitative and quantitative techniques.
CDC EZ-Text <http://www.cdc.gov/hiv/software/ez-text.htm>CDC EZ-Text is a
software program developed to help researchers create, manage, and analyze
semi-structured qualitative databases.
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