I am analyzing 20 hours of interviews for my doctoral study, using line by line coding. Of course this results in a huge number of codes. I have used the Families function to sort codes into categories: e.g.:
'wasn't allowed in'
'kicked me out'
into family named "exclusion: space"
'they ignored me'
'it's like I wasn't there'
into family named "exclusion: passive."
I would now like to start importing the family categories (e.g. 'exclusion: space) that I see will be significant into my code list so I can code directly from the PD. However, although I can create a new code with the same name, I would not be able to import the set of codes already assigned to this family.
Although there are some advantages to using families in this way, there are limitations, such as not being able to do analysis with the families (which are really major codes) such as co-occurrence etc. The bottom line is, unless I'm missing something, there does not seem to be a way to use Atlas efficiently for line by line coding.
If anyone has done this, or has ideas, PLEASE let me know.
Sydney Weaver, PhD (candidate)