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ERIC Number: EJ955303
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011
Pages: 10
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1935-3308
The Value of Open Source Software Tools in Qualitative Research
Greenberg, Gary
Journal of Ethnographic & Qualitative Research, v5 n4 p258-267 2011
In an era of global networks, researchers using qualitative methods must consider the impact of any software they use on the sharing of data and findings. In this essay, I identify researchers' main areas of concern regarding the use of qualitative software packages for research. I then examine how open source software tools, wherein the publisher openly discloses the underlying computer code, may ease these concerns. I explore how one open source tool, Zotero from the Center for History and New Media, was used in a qualitative case study about distance education. Finally, I propose how a set of existing guidelines for creating open educational resources may be useful to researchers in evaluating qualitative software tools.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
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Language: English
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