The Economic Crisis Though the Eyes of Transana


  • Paul G. Dempster University of York
  • David K. Woods University of Wisconsin



qualitative analysis, CAQDAS, video data, audio data, KWALON 2010 Conference, Transana


For the KWALON 2010 conference, several software representatives were given a common data set consisting of text and media files about the financial crisis of 2008 – 2009. This paper focuses on the process of analyzing the media files in this data set using Transana, a software package designed for the transcription and qualitative analysis of video and audio data. The authors describe several styles of transcription used in the process of making sense of the data, the selection and coding of analytically interesting segments of the media files, and working with coded data to develop a coherent narrative from this data. They also describe their collaborative process, as facilitated by the software, and how that affected the analysis of the data. Finally, the authors describe the results of their analysis in terms of the multi-layered narrative of the data, and discuss the limitations of that analysis. URN:


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Author Biographies

Paul G. Dempster, University of York

Paul G. DEMPSTER, is a Research Fellow at the University of Leeds UK. He is also an honorary Research Associate at the University of Wisconsin Madison. He is a Medical Sociologist, I.T. specialist and Thanatologist, currently researching governance and IT within the NHS. He has a longstanding research interest in the use of qualitative research software, its development and application in new and distinctive ways.

David K. Woods, University of Wisconsin

David WOODS is a Researcher at the Wisconsin Center for Education Research at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. His primary interest is in facilitating the analytic work of researchers, particularly those with challenging data or innovative analytic approaches. He is the lead developer of Transana, software for the transcription and qualitative analysis of video and audio data.




How to Cite

Dempster, P. G., & Woods, D. K. (2011). The Economic Crisis Though the Eyes of Transana. Forum Qualitative Sozialforschung Forum: Qualitative Social Research, 12(1).