Verbatim: Archiving Qualitative Data and Secondary Analysis in a French Company


  • Dominique Le Roux Electricité de France
  • Jean Vidal Electricité de France



qualitative data analysis, qualitative data archival resource, CAQDAS, secondary analysis


Archiving qualitative data analysis and secondary analysis, first developed in the USA and in the Northern European countries, is not a current practice in France. To our knowledge, we are the first to have developed it in a French context. Within the Research and Development Department of the French electricity company, Electricité de France, a social science research group has the task of undertaking various qualitative surveys in order to better understand customers' requirements and the problems encountered by the company's employees. The aim of VERBATIM is to keep trace not only of these studies but also of the interviews carried out in this context in order to be able to re-use them in different ways. We are presenting here the results of an experiment undertaken two years ago, the way it was carried out, the problems posed, mainly ethical and methodological, and also future development plans. URN: urn:nbn:de:0114-fqs0003150


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Author Biographies

Dominique Le Roux, Electricité de France

Dominique Le ROUX: Dr in Linguistics and information science, Research Engineer in the Social science research group in the Research and Development Division of Electricité de France. Manager of the VERBATIM project (Qualitative data archiving and secondary analysis)

Jean Vidal, Electricité de France

Jean VIDAL: Senior consultant, Research Engineer in social sciences, Marketing Division of Electricité de France




How to Cite

Le Roux, D., & Vidal, J. (2000). Verbatim: Archiving Qualitative Data and Secondary Analysis in a French Company. Forum Qualitative Sozialforschung Forum: Qualitative Social Research, 1(3).



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