Transana is designed to allow researchers to work with large collections of data files. It provides tools and metaphors for organizing, analyzing and retrieving data, analytically important segments of these data, and transcripts associated with media files.


The Library node in Transana is where you organize your source, raw text or media data in Transana. Each of your original text files is imported as a Document in Transana, and each of your source media files is represented as an Episode. An Episode contains a media file (or can contain more than one overlapping media file, as from multiple cameras recording the same events) and can be associated with one or more Transcripts that are linked to the media file contents. You group related Episodes into Libraries; the Library describes the logical connection among sets of Documents and Episodes.


Analytic data, extracted from raw data, falls under the Collections node within Transana. The basic units of analysis in Transana are the Quote for text, the Clip for media data and the Snapshot for still image data. Quotes and Clips are portions of Documents and Episodes that you identify as analytically meaningful. Snapshots represent still image data you bring into your analysis.  Quotes, Clips and Snapshots are organized into thematic Collections. With time, your Collection structure will likely reflect the theoretical understanding of your data that you develop through your qualitative analysis. The Collection containing a Quote, Clip or Snapshot indicates one aspect of what is analytically significant about that Quote, Clip or Snapshot.


Your coding structure is developed under the Keywords node within Transana. Quotes, Clips and Snaphots can be coded through the assignment of Keywords. A Keyword is a label that you define that represents a concept that you want to identify within your data or study. Quotes, Clips and Snapshots can have multiple Keywords. Keywords are organized into Keyword Groups. Your Keyword structure can also reflect the theoretical structure of your qualitative analysis.

ScreenCast: Transana’s Analytic Model

An introduction to Transana’s basic terminology and an overview of the Transana Analytic Model. This ScreenCast underlies all the remaining ScreenCasts. (7:57 in length.)

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