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Exchange projects between software: REFI-QDA

The REFI-QDA standard, which audiotranscription has participated in developing in recent years, enables the exchange of project data of qualitative research projects between QDA programmes such as f4analyse, Atlas.ti, MAXQDA, Nvivo, Quirkos and others. It is an open format that has already been implemented by many other QDA software. f4analyse exports and imports the following […]

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f4analysis – Teamwork: together, shared or in exchange

f4analysis supports evaluation work in a team. This can be done in many different ways, so here are three suggestions: Working on the same text Working on different texts Pass only the code system/codebook Working on the same text Gaining perspectives, discussing points of view Working on the same text with different people separately can […]

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How can I reduce transcription time? 7 tips for fast transcription

Typing up Inteviews is and always will be an annoying and tedious job. There is some potential to save yourself time, here are 7 of our most effective tips: Recording quality The quality of the recording has a significant impact on the time you have to allow for editing. Here, a well-recorded live interview in […]

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How long does it take to transcribe interviews?

Rule of thumb 1 to 10 Expect to need about 5 to 10 times the interview duration as transcription time. That’s assuming well-recorded one-on-one interviews, average typing skills, simple rules for transcription, and a proofread at the end. We measured it: Our empirical research showed a mean of 1 in 6.3 (SD = 1.5). That […]

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Use or share data from interviews outside the EU? What is allowed?

Let’s start off very crudely: In principle, you can do almost anything with the data, as long as the interlocutors consent. This statement is not wrong. First of all, according to the GDPR, it is not forbidden to get permission to publish interviews on Facebook or Youtube. Just so as not to be misunderstood: We […]

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Qualitative interviews – free privacy checklist

How to conduct your interviews in a GDPR-compliant manner Qualitative interviews usually contain personal data, and these need to be handled carefully. Unfortunately, this is going to be a long checklist, so let’s get started right away without much introduction: 1. Preparation Download the consent form file above and customize it for your specific project. […]

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Content analysis: compare text passages and groups in f4analysis

For many methodological approaches, “constant comparison” is an important part of the analysis. By comparing different statements, one can identify special features and characteristics and thus work out distinguishing criteria and commonalities. And at best, one can still clearly record the insights gained in this way. Here we show how this is done in f4analyse: […]

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Automatically convert Zoom meetings to text

Zoom is a wonderfully practical tool for online meetings. And since you’re conducting the meeting via your computer, it’s also a great way to record it. There is a “Record” button in the toolbar. The recording is automatically saved on the computer on which “Record” was pressed. This is also possible with free accounts. If […]

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Record and transcribe group conversations

Transcribing a group discussion is very time-consuming and quite nerve-wracking. Especially the transcription of group discussions requires good concentration. The noise level in the recording is often higher and the conversations are usually more turbulent than in a “contemplative” one-on-one conversation. To put this into perspective, we calculate a transcription time of 5-6 hours per […]

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Metaphor analysis – how it works with QDA software

Our language is full of figurative expressions, that is “clear as dumplings”! Metaphor analysis is dedicated to the systematic analysis of these images. In this article, we address all those who already have a rough insight into methaphor analysis, but are wondering how to implement this concretely with QDA software. There are various approaches to […]

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Reconstructive grounded theory with f4analysis

“f4analysis … is also suitable for reconstructive procedures due to its simplicity and flexibility. Especially the provision of different “writing spaces”… makes the program suitable for methodological approaches that go beyond pure coding.” (p.7-8) Reconstructive method Implemented quite concretely in f4analysis, with teaching unitsn Irene Somm and Marco Hajart show how elements of narrative analysis […]

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Recording of telephone interviews

Our report below is old and outdated. If you are looking for current solutions for recording, you can find more up-to-date information from Kai Dröge. And maybe after that our programs will support you in transcribing and evaluating: f4transkript Transcription software f4analyse Analysis software   Status 25.05.2015 Telephone interviews can be conveniently recorded with audio […]

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Conducting qualitative interviews – 4 basic tips

Test recording quality very critically What appears to be “good” recording quality on a quick listen may prove to be problematic or difficult to transcribe on a closer listen. Therefore, please be super critical about the recording quality. We speak from our own painful experience: the smallest beep or noise gets on your nerves when […]

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Teamwork with f4analysis – how to work together on the same material

There are two basic options for teamwork in f4analysis. Working on the same text – and then discussing and checking and verifying each other’s work – is especially useful when you want to develop a common code tree, sharpen definitions, or explore previously unknown material. Shared work on different texts is useful when a well-defined […]

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Compare groups and texts – this is how easy it is in f4analysis

For many methodological approaches, “constant comparison” is an important part of the analysis. By comparing different statements, one can identify special features and characteristics and thus work out distinguishing criteria and commonalities. 1. select text passages Select texts and codes to be compared In the Selection tab, the “Selection A” tab opens first. Here you […]

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Documentary method – proposal for the use of QDA software.

A simplified example, implemented with f4analysis. Introduction We show here as an example the technical implementation of the evaluation steps according to the Documentary Method with f4analysis. Of course, the content of this example has been simplified in order to provide a quick and vivid overview. It does not replace an own examination of the […]

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Qualitative content analysis – according to Mayring or according to Kuckartz?

If one deals with the method of qualitative content analysis, one encounters at least two names: Philipp Mayring and Udo Kuckartz. Both authors have published established and well-received papers on qualitative content analysis. The methodological approaches differ in some points, in others the approaches are very similar. Therefore, we would like to provide some guidance […]

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Interviews & GDPR

Data protection for interview recordings Not a fundamentally new topic Audio or video recordings have been one of the central data forms of qualitative research for decades. The issues of data protection and confidentiality have always been considered in the literature, although often with varying degrees of detail. The most recent publications that address the […]

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There are always mistakes in transcripts – here’s how to avoid them

Mistakes in transcripts always exist – here’s how to avoid them A great article by Isabella Chiari  has been accompanying us in our workshops for a long time. Chiari specifically and systematically measured how many and which errors occur during the typing of speech. To do this, she had the participants in the study listen […]

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Transcription systems when typing and “huh…uh, why they’re uh helpful.”

In vielen Fällen ist es bei Interviews sinnvoll, nicht nur die bedeutungstragenden Wörter zu transkribieren, sondern auch die sogenannten Zögerungslaute oder Diskurspartikeln wie „hm“ oder „äh“. Diese können bei einer Aussage von großer Relevanz sein. Antwortet die interviewte Person etwa fröhlich lachend und bestimmt mit „JA!“ oder vielleicht eher zögerlich und unsicher mit „Hm … […]

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Why qualitative interviews?

Think positive! Argue positively! “I’m doing something with interviews because I’m not into statistics.” We hear these or similar reasons more often. This is a pity, because this argumentation does not take up the strengths of a qualitative analysis at all. At the same time, it often leads to the erroneous conclusion that qualitative methods […]

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