One basic element of qualitative research is coding, for example putting 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.
- Select the tag group you want to add your tag to.
- Click on the “+” button at the bottom of the group’s section.
An input field will appear.
- Write your desired tag name in the group section’s input field.
- Hit ENTER to create the tag.
Creating tags on the fly
- To apply a tag to a text passage within a note, select the text passage.
The tag window will appear on the right side of your note.
- Write your desired tag name in the tag window’s input field.
- Click on “Create tag” or hit ENTER to create the new tag.
- The tag is automatically added to your first tag group (you can organize this later on or search through your existing tags).
💡 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.