01 Dec 2016 / Leonardo Barichello

This photo was taken on Poděbrady, Czech Republic, a lovely small city that I visited for a conference during last summer.

types of coffee

The drawing was in the door of a coffee shop that was, unfortunately, closed during my visit.

OpenQDA, an open software for qualitative data analysis

11 Nov 2016 / Leonardo Barichello

I am a user of free software since 2004 and a big enthusiast of the idea both in a practical and ideological sense. It has been more than 10 years since I do not need windows and I try to contribute with free software as often as I can.

When I realized my Ph.D research would be based on qualitative data, I noticed that I would have problems to find a free (open, libre) software to help me in the process. After some research, I decided to develop a software with one immediate and one long-term goal:

  • Help me to organize and analyse the qualitative data collected in my Ph.D. research (images);
  • Be constructed in such way that can be extended to support other typical sources of qualitative data (such as text, audio and video) in a simple and open format.

This was my background project during the last 10 months. I would say I have spent about 40 hours of coding in it and, fortunately, I was able to get to a stage where it does most of the things I need and it may be useful to other researchers. That is why I decided to make it public:

It is far from a full featured software, but I am incorporating more features progressively and it can already be combined with Nvivo via the scripts developed by BarraQDA. more info here.

Hopefully, this software will evolve to a free alternative to Nvivo!

Hypocrisy (hipocrisia)

18 Oct 2016 / Leonardo Barichello

(Português) Tirinha adaptada de Gostou? Leia mais em


(English) Comic strip adapted from Enjoyed? Read more at (in Portuguese).


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