HyperRESEARCH: HyperRESEARCH In Depth
must have HyperRESEARCH installed—either the full licensed edition, or the Free Limited Edition.
The process looks like this:
You send the study file and source files to the other researcher.
You can email the files, burn a CD with the files and give it to the other researcher, use your local network, or use
any other method that’s convenient. (If you are working on Mac OS X and are sending files to a Windows user, make
sure your files have the correct 3-letter extension to identify the file’s type.)
Tip: When using certain email programs, file type information may be removed in transit, and the recipient may not
be able to open the file. If this happens, try compressing the files before sending them.
The recipient opens the study file in HyperRESEARCH.
Tip: To simply view the data or create reports, the recipient can download the Free Limited Edition from the
Researchware web site at www.researchware.com, without purchasing a license. The Free Limited Edition can be
used to view a study of any size, but to add codes or cases beyond the limits, the recipient must have a
HyperRESEARCH license. For more information, see the Free Limited Edition topic.
The recipient identifies the new location of the source files.
HyperRESEARCH stores the location of sources files within the study file, and when the files are moved to another
computer (possibly with a different hard disk name, different folder structure, and so on), the location has changed.
The first time the recipient does something that requires accessing a source file—such as clicking a code reference
when the View Source box is checked, or creating a report that includes source information—HyperRESEARCH asks
where that source file is. Once the recipient has identified the file’s location, HyperRESEARCH asks whether all other
sources are in this folder. If they are, the study file updates the location of all source files.
To make sure that HyperRESEARCH won’t need to ask again for the location of source files, the recipient should
Save to save the study file. This ensures that the new location of the source files is also saved.
Sharing code lists between studies
To share a common set of codes among members of your research team or among different studies, first create the
code list in your study file, then choose Export List from the Edit Code menu at the top of the Code Book window.
This command exports the entire code list, along with the code descriptions, as a plain text file. (Codes are separated
by returns, and each code is separated from its description by a tab. If you open this file in a spreadsheet program,
the codes and descriptions are in separate columns, and each code is in a separate row.)
To re-use the exported list in another study file, open the study file, then choose Import List from the Edit Code
menu at the top of the Code Book window. Choose the file you previously exported. The codes from that file will be
added to the current study file.
In this way, you can keep a core set of codes and use them in all studies. You can also exchange code lists among
researchers who are working on the same study, ensuring that everyone is working with the same list of codes.
Merging study files
Teams of researchers often work on the same study, sharing the coding task among several people. Since coding a
source file adds data to your study, if researchers are to share the coding, the team needs to create a file that
includes all the coding everyone has done.
In HyperRESEARCH, you use the Import Studies feature to accomplish this task. Import Studies adds code references
from each file you designate to a “master file”, which will then include all the coding that has been done. (You have a
variety of options to deal with situations where the same code reference appears in more than one coder’s work.) One
person should handle this task, merging all the work done so far into one study file, which can be redistributed to the
team for more work.
To merge other studies into your current study file, follow these steps: