One basic element of qualitative research is coding to put important bits of your data into categories. This categorization in consider.ly is performed with tags.
Basically, by tagging parts of the spoken or written word of your participants you structure the a priori unstructured data. Thereby, you make the data suitable for your further analysis to distinguish overall themes and spot patterns.
In the future, we’ll write about how a good tagging system could look like and what tags we recommend for which type of study. For now, don’t worry! Even if you really thought through your set of tags beforehand, you’ll likely find the need to add new, remove, or merge tags during your analysis. This is totally possible in consider.ly.
This article will teach you about:
- creating tags in the tags dashboard
- creating tags on the fly
Creating tags from the tags dashboard
- Go to the tags dashboard within a project.
- Optional: Create a new tag group by clicking on the + button at the very right side of your existing tag groups.
- Choose a group and click on the + button at the bottom of the group. An input field will appear.
- Enter your desired tag name in the input field.
- Hit ENTER to create the tag.
Creating tags on the fly
You can create new tags while working through your notes.
- To apply a tag to a text passage within a note, select the text passage. The tag selector will appear on the right side of your note.
- Enter your desired tag name in the tag selector’s input field.
- Click on Create tag or hit ENTER to create the new tag.
- The tag is applied to the selected text and automatically added to your first tag group (you can organize this later on).
💡 When you’re creating a new or searching for an existing tag from the input field, you can simply click enter to apply the first shown tag.