Qualitative Data Analysis Software (nVivo, Atlas.TI, and more)

Overview and resource links for Qualitative Data Analysis Software (QDAS), uses and how to choose, focusing on QDAS supported by JHU Data Services: nVivo and Atlas.TI, with resource and training links to these and other QDA Software

JHU Data Services

Contact us, JHU Data Services for assistance with access to nVivo and ATLAS.ti at the Data Services offices on A level, JHU Eisenhower Library.

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NVivo Overview

NVivo qualitative data analysis software is published by QSR International.  It is one of the flagship QDAS programs supporting most of the features and functions listed in the QDAS Overview Section. It is adequate for focused techniques but is oriented toward serving as a core of a qualitative project's data analysis and management.

The current versions are: NVivoPro Version 12 for Windows: NVivo Pro with all primary features. Pro Plus has additional social network analysis and automation features, NVivo 12 for Mac has fewer features than on PC. NVivo Teams is for collaborative data analysis.

Accessing NVivo at the MSEL Library

Nvivo Pro 12 is installed on PCs in the Data Services Computer Lab on A-Level of the Milton S. Eisenhower Library on the Homewood campus.  Academic and Student pricing is available for purchasing nVivo..

NVivo Guides & Tutorials

NVivo Documentation

NVivo publisher QSR International provides extensive guides, tutorials, webinars, and forums.

Storage & Backup: NVivo maintains associated text and A/V file types associated within a project bundle, appearing as a single file on the PC. Bundles kept on cloud storage, such as OneDrive, or even a network server, may be prone to corruption from file syncing and remote access. [more info] Projects should be accessed from a single desktop or laptop.  This can make collaborative access to files challenging, so consider NVivo Teams for such cases.  It is important to back up the project file ideally to another drive or cloud storage. Cloud storage is fine for backup copies, as long as it is not the accessed version [more info].

Data Security: NVivo has password protection and encryption for "at rest" and "in transit" modes. It is suitable for human subject personal and health identifiers, however, the security is only as good as the password management. If working collaboratively on a dataset, manage the shared password securely. Consider password management software such as LastPass or 1Password. 

Exporting and importing projects: nVivo can import projects from ATLAS.ti. nVivo can export the REFI-QDA Standard format (.qdpx) which allows importing projects to ATLAS.ti and certain other QDA software. Some project items are not exported. [More info from QSR]

List of known issues with NVivo for PC formats (from QSR)