Open Coding Mode

Particularly in research projects that are based on Grounded Theory, many so-called open codes are created: In a first step, a text is reviewed line by line and identified aspects are recorded in numerous new codes. For this case of application the mode “Open Coding” is particularly suitable, which allows to immediately create a new code for a marked segment, to assign it and if necessary to write a code memo as well as a comment for the created coded segment.

Activating the Open Coding mode

Click the Open Coding Mode icon in the “Document Browser” toolbar.

Activating the open coding mode

Using the Open Coding mode

Using the open coding mode is easy – as soon as the mouse key is released after selecting a text segment, the following dialog window appears:

The dialog is, in principle, very similiar to the dialog for creating new codes:

  • Type the name of the new code in the upper dialog field of the window (max 63 characters)
  • You can select a color attribute for the new code below
  • The text written in the dialog field “Code memo” is used as a memo for the newly created code (which can be assessed by clicking on the memo icon in the “Code System”)
  • The comment on the coded segment can contain up to 255 characters (about 2-3 sentences) and is directly assigned to the coded segment.
Tip: You can fold in and out the areas for the code memo and the comment on the coded segment by clicking on the arrows. You can enlarge the input fields by clicking on one of the window’s corner and dragging the entire dialog larger while holding down the mouse button.