Using Digital Tools for Visual Analysis

CAQDAS Networking Project

December 12, 2022

This workshop discusses digital tools for analysing visual data. We begin by broadly considering different methodological approaches to analysing visual data to place the use of digital tools in context. We then introduce the range of digital tools designed to facilitate the analysis of visual data – focusing on the genre of tools collectively referred to as Computer Assisted Qualitative Data AnalysiS (CAQDAS) packages, but also discussing tools derived from other contexts.

To bring visual analysis to life, we then focus on strategies and tactics for implementing an analysis, considering on common analytic activities and how they can be accomplished using software tools. This involves distinguishing between the needs of working with still and moving images, the manner and extent to which they may need to be integrated with other forms of data (including the generation of synchronised transcripts and combining materials from different sources), and options for working directly with visual materials.  In doing so, we consider data management tools, analytic tools, and representational tools. The workshop showcases a selection of CAQDAS-packages including ATLAS.ti, Dedoose, MAXQDA, NVivo, QDA Miner and Transana.

For more information, please see the workshop enrollment page.

What does a Transana Workshop look like?

The Transana workshops offered here are led by David Woods, Transana’s Lead Developer. Workshops cover:

  • Overview of Transana
  • Bringing Text, Image, Media, and Survey Data into Transana
  • Transcription of Media Data as an Analytic Act
  • Selecting, Categorizing, and Coding Data
  • Enhancing your Analysis with Still Images
  • Making Sense of Coded Data through Reports, Graphs, and Searches
  • Advanced Analytic Techniques
  • Lots of opportunities for questions and individual consultations
  • Ample time for practicing techniques as they are presented

Transana Training – In-Person Workshops

If you request an in-person workshop, I will come to your location. You determine who will be attending, although I recommend a maximum of 25 people. All participants should have their own computers for learning and practice sessions. You can use your project data, or I can supply practice data. The workshop can be tailored to your project’s specific needs upon request. I can also provide a workshop version of Transana if your participants do not already own Transana. In-person workshops typically last two days, with an optional third day depending on the needs of the group hosting the workshop.

Transana Training – Online Workshops

I can provide online workshops varying in length between two and four sessions of four hours each. More sessions allow for more topics to be covered in greater depth with more practice, allowing a greater depth of learning. Participants should already own Transana (the Demonstration version is not sufficient) and I recommend practice between sessions. Ideally, participants will also have data they want to work with for learning and practice sessions. Online workshops can be private, or we can invite additional Transana users (to a maximum of 15 participants) to reduce the cost per participant.

Our next online workshop is planned for February, 2023.

The Qualitative Analysis of Video and Audio

In this one-day workshop, I describe a variety of issues that distinguish the analysis of media files (video and audio) from the analysis of text. While I use Transana to demonstrate many of these issues, this is not a hands-on workshop and participants will not learn to use Transana.


For more information or to schedule a Transana Workshop, please use the contact form to contact us.