Big changes to NVivo for qualitative research

  • NVivo licenses now $0 at the Campus Computer Store
  • NVivo version 11 now available
  • Annual NVivo licenses need renewing now

NVivo is an analytical tool you can use to support your qualitative research. ICT works in partnership with the Social Sciences Research Laboratories (SSRL) to support NVivo. You might use qualitative analysis to investigate data gathered by techniques including interviews, questionnaires, and focus groups, in order to gain insight into the behaviour of the participants. NVivo is used both in research and in teaching, most frequently in social sciences and health sciences.

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SSRL Research Methods Institute November 9-13

As a partner in the Social Sciences Research Laboratories, ICT is pleased to pass on information about their upcoming immersive workshop that will guide participants through social science research methods: “Framed within the context of Saskatchewan’s growing population, participants will utilize qualitative research methods (focus groups) to develop and test a survey research tool; program and implement an online survey; analyze the results using quantitative and qualitative analysis software and through maps and spatial analyses; and interpret and validate the results through experimental research.”
Registration is free and spaces are limited.

Monday, Tuesday, Thursday & Friday
November 9 – 10 and 12 – 13, 2015
8:30 AM – 12:30 PM

To register, go to http://ssrl.usask.ca/events/

New staff in ICT Research Computing

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The ICT Research Computing Team (from left to right):  Ian MacPhedran, Juan Zuniga-Anaya, Song Hu, Sean Cavanaugh, John Costa, Jason Hlady, Keith Jeffrey.

Song Hu has joined Research Computing to facilitate the use of Linux in research. Song was previously at the Canadian Light Source.

John Costa joins us as a senior analyst to move along initiatives including improving our services health sciences research. John had been the IT Director for the College of Medicine.

Brian Reilkoff retired this spring after supporting the research and teaching in the Geophysics Department.

Contact any of us at research_computing@usask.ca

NVivo services for Qualitative Research

ICT and the Social Sciences Research Laboratories are pleased to set up new services for using NVivo.

NVivo is a tool to support qualitative analysis. NVivo is an example of Computer-assisted qualitative data analysis software.   What qualitative research is.

ICT is pleased to partner with the Social Sciences Research Laboratories (SSRL) in order to provide better service for researchers doing qualitative analysis.

A number of related NVivo services are available:

  • Consulting, data coding and data analysis capacity are available through the SSRL
  • Subsidized prices for NVivo client licenses are available through the Campus Computer Store
  • Standard or customized NVivo training may be arranged through the SSRL
  • ICT provides access to a shared implementation of the NVivo Server software which can support a number of research projects.  NVivo Server supports multi-user, concurrent access to an NVivo database.
  • Additionally, a remote access service supports off-campus access to the NVivo Server
  • ICT manages the relationship with vendor QSR International

In order to access the service:

Eligibility

  • The licensing for NVivo restricts it to non-commercial use associated with the University.
  • Setups for NVivo Server will be made for Principal Investigators of research projects.
  • Each user of the NVivo Server software needs an NSID

 

 

Charges to use DataShare eliminated

As part of our program to support good research data management, charges for Datashare (our research data storage and file sharing platform) have been dropped. This makes the spectrum of services for data storage consistently free for researchers:

Other parts of our research data management services in early stages include:

  • Researcher personal computer backups  (currently in testing phase)
  • Research data security guidelines and tools (in development)
  • Research data management planning

REDCap clinical research software coming

We want to let you know that ICT will launch later this summer a new service based on the REDCap software.

REDCap (Research Electronic Data Capture) is a mature, secure web application for building and managing research data collection and databases—specifically designed for clinical research. See http://project-redcap.org/   It has been developed over many years and has about a thousand institutions using it around the world.

ICT has arranged an institutional license for the REDCap software from Vanderbilt University.

The service we are building will mean that researchers can use the software without arranging their own license, without having to acquiring equipment and software, etc. We make the software available on virtual machines within our server room.   We’ll provide access to a shared implementation of the software in which you can create your data collection forms, put them on the web, create the database, analyze or export the data.  The implementation will be run by UofS ICT and your data will be stored on ICT servers at the Saskatoon campus.  It should be noted that this software and our systems are probably NOT HIPA compliant (http://www.health.gov.sk.ca/hipa)

We anticipate no charges for use of this service.

We are planning to have this service built on REDCap ready by the end of August.   If you’re interested, contact us at research_computing@usask.ca so we can keep you informed.  You can also find out more at http://project-redcap.org/

 

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