Online research methods are popular, dynamic and fast-changing. Following on from the great success of the first edition, published in 2008, The SAGE Handbook of Online Research Methods, Second Edition offers both updates of existing subject areas and new chapters covering more recent developments, such as social media, big data, data visualization and CAQDAS. Bringing together the leading names in both qualitative and quantitative online research, this new edition is organised into nine sections: 1. Online Research Methods 2. Designing Online Research 3. Online Data Capture and Data Collection 4. The Online Survey 5. Digital Quantitative Analysis 6. Digital Text Analysis 7. Virtual Ethnography 8. Online Secondary Analysis: Resources and Methods 9. The Future of Online Social Research The SAGE Handbook of Online Research Methods, Second Edition is an essential resource for anyone interested in the contemporary practice of computer-mediated research and scholarship.
Chapter 27: CAQDAS at a Crossroads: Affordances of Technology in an Online Environment
CAQDAS at a Crossroads: Affordances of Technology in an Online Environment
The History of CAQDAS and Current Developments
Software designed to facilitate the analysis of qualitative data, collectively known as Computer Assisted Qualitative Data AnalysiS (CAQDAS) packages, became available during the 1980s. Like other software supporting aspects of qualitative research, from document and bibliographic management, transcription, data collection, writing and visualisation (Paulus et al., 2014), CAQDAS packages have since widely become seen as essential tools for researchers (Gibbs, 2014). Despite roots in the academic social sciences, their application extends far beyond to government, applied and commercial sectors.
The fact that separate groups developed CAQDAS ...