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Re: Packages for macs and conferences (and secret geneii)

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alewins <[log in to unmask]>

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Wed, 18 Apr 2001 18:45:22 +0100

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Sara -  re HyperResearch (Mac or PC software):  there's a cell of
Geographers
up at Durham - who used it quite a while ago for quite a large international
team project  I can give you a name to contact for more detailed
impressions -
but I know it worked quite well for the team aspect of their project.

The organisation of project data is rather different from other similar
'theory-building' softwares.  With say NUD*IST and ATLAS.ti by default, the
unit of analysis is the 'document' or data file.  Codes are linked to parts
of documents.  With HyperResearch the unit of analysis is the CASE.  The
main way of navigating around the way you thought about a case maybe via the
'Case card'.  Each Case has a Case card which lists all coding references -
which may be to a number of documents within that case or just one. The CASE
doesn't care where the coding references go... so one document might be
referenced in several Cases -   or conversely a case may comprise several
documents or parts of them;  for instance a Case might be to do with one
patient's treatment, an interview with the patient, researcher observation
notes or  a summary of a Clinical review session referring to many patients.
So that last file might appear in several other cases and on their CASE
cards.

There's instant hyperlinking between individual case card references and the
referenced document - ..and the view of the documents themselves are
enhanced by a margin display of assigned codes .(Clicking on the  codes in
the margin - highlights relevant text in the full text window to the right)
Also good is the hyperlinking between annotations or memos recorded at  e.g.
points on the the coded references on a case card.

You can also integrate graphics and multi-media files (e.g.  .mov  video
files) with any Case - and code segments or clips of those files, and they
will be listed on the Case card - with their file type clearly marked so
that you can see at a glance which are the multi media files and which are
the text files.

Of course you arrive at CASE organisation in other softwares - but with
Hyperresearch its there sitting waiting for you to make use of.  In fact you
have to make use of it...because  a Study is comprised of 'cases' - that's
it.  The types of questions you may ask -concerning the incidence of codes
 and text associated with) later will largely reflect their incidence, or
NOT, or maybe co-occurrence, in _Cases_.

The 'Hypothesis tester' - (you can use it or not) allows you to frame
explicit sets of questions (based on code occurrence) which will either
prove the hypothesis or not, BY CASE....not by documents.  At each stage of
the building of the tests (e.g. co-occurring codes in Cases) which go to
make up a hypothesis you can generate 'abstract' codes or themes... which
will then exist in Cases and will be listed on the 'Case card' for those
cases
which contained e.g. the co-occurring codes asked for in that part of the
'test'
These new abstract themes will not of course directly reference text - but
they can be the basis on which later searches are performed. This is the way
to build higher concepts and reference them in relevant cases.

In the current version of HyperResearch you can also 'map' the connections
between codes and themes - but currently the software can only support one
map at a time - and to build other maps you must abandon or change the
current map. But as you generate a map - the map itself can be used as an
analytic tool allowing the filtering of cases associated with a map, or if
my memory serves me right with one code in the map and other codes  which
are linked with a certain degree of proximity to that code.  Sorry!
difficult to describe - but I remember thinking this was quite useful last
time I looked at it. I think it will be possible to save more than one map
in the next version of H-R which is being beta tested as we speak.

Hyperresearch is quite a user friendly software - once you've got your head
around the case structure  and the implications of the case structure on
many of the functions. Its the case structure which makes it a useful team
software since cases can be passed around between  researchers - and dealt
with together in one study (not quite as simple as it sounds - but
possible). A case can also be about one document, rather than several - so
if you merely want document based work - thats fine - but one important
difference may remain.  When you say to the software - give me the data
where this code AND that code exist together - that will be translated in
HyperResearch to mean - where they appear anywhere in the CASE together
(whether one or many documents comprise parts of that case) whereas what
that 'AND' may mean in other softwares is where those codes physically
overlap in the segments of data WITHIN A FILE.

I hope someone will contradict me if I have got some of the detail wrong.

cheers


Ann Lewins
CAQDAS Networking Project:  http://www.soc.surrey.ac.uk/caqdas/
Dept of Sociology
University of Surrey
GUILDFORD   GU2 5XH
+44 (0)1 483 25 94 55
mobile  +44 (0) 7966 541 518


----- Original Message -----
From: <[log in to unmask]>
To: <[log in to unmask]>
Sent: Tuesday, April 17, 2001 1:41 PM
Subject: Re: Packages for macs and conferences (and secret geneii)


> In a message dated 4/11/01 4:44:42 AM Eastern Daylight Time,
[log in to unmask]
> writes:
>
> << Anyway - here is a question, has anyone got any opinions on
HyperResearch
> as
>  a package - we're all running on iMacs here and so our choices of
software
>  are restricted.  Although we do have n4, we are interested in looking at
>  other options, so Hyper has arisen as a possibility.  What are the specs?
>  Would iMacs be able to cope?  >>
>
> HyperRESEARCH 2.03 should work just fine on an iMac, if you're running Mac
OS
> 9 (or Mac OS X in classic mode). We're working on a Carbonized version for
> Mac OS X. We recommend 64MB+ of RAM (as with most applications, the more
the
> better).
>
>
> I'd like to invite you to try HyperRESEARCH out for yourself as that's
really
> the best way to decide whether a given QDA software package is right for
you.
> (In fact, if you can borrow a Windows machine, I suggest you try some of
the
> packages available for Windows as well, such as Atlas TI -- once you find
the
> right package, you can determine if it's worth the extra expense to either
> switch to Windows or get a Windows emulator for your iMac....)
>
> As a Mac afficionado, and as HyperRESEARCH's documentation/tech support
> specialist, I highly recommend HyperRESEARCH, but I'm obviously biased.
:-)
>
> Anyhow, for a free trial version go to
http://www.researchware.com/demos.html
> and download the "Macintosh PowerPC Demo Version." This is a fully
> functioning version of HyperRESEARCH 2.03 -- except that the "save" and
> "print" commands are disabled.
>
> You can see some tutorials online at
> http://www.researchware.com/tutor/tutorials
>
> If you're feeling adventurous, you can sign up as a betatester for our
latest
> version, HyperRESEARCH 2.5b2. The online application form for betatesting
> status is at http://www.researchware.com/BetaTestForm.html
>
> Being a betatester will give you a sneak preview of the latest version,
which
> sports numerous improvements over the currently shipping version (2.03) --
> including improved performance, and fixes for the known bugs in version
2.03
> (problems with printing, problems with displaying the Codes in Context
> feature, etc.). Just be aware that becoming a betatester has its
privileges
> (helping us make the program better, ensuring that your suggestions for
added
> features for future releases will be considered, getting a free version of
> the software if you submit regular betatest reports, etc.) -- but also its
> duties (submitting those reports, especially if you encounter any
problems!)
> and hazards (it *is* a betatest version, not deemed ready for commercial
> release because of known and unknown problems -- please help us discover
> those unknown problems and test our fixes for the known problems!).
>
> whew! :-)
>
> Best regards,
>
> Ann Dupuis
> ResearchWare, Inc.
> http://www.researchware.com
> [log in to unmask]
> [log in to unmask]
>

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