This video discusses the process of merging NVivo project files for collaborative work, especially when working across different locations or institutions. It explains how to combine separate project files to enable collaboration, emphasizing the importance of not editing sources in remote copies to prevent duplication during merging.


  • 📂 NVivo for Teams allows network-based collaboration, but it requires an additional license.
  • 🏠 When working remotely or across different institutions, merging project files is a common method for collaboration.
  • 🔄 Merging involves combining multiple project copies with changes into a single master file.
  • 📝 Detailed protocols and best practices for collaborative work are available on the QSR website.
  • 🚫 Avoid editing sources in remote copies to prevent duplication during the merging process.
  • 🛠️ Structural changes, like adding or deleting nodes, should be made in the master copy before merging.
  • 📚 Refer to the linked blog for more in-depth information on collaboration protocols.
Key Moments
  • Overview of Collaborative NVivo Work(00:06)
    • Exploring collaboration in NVivo for teams and challenges faced by remote users.
  • Utilizing NVivo for Teams vs. Standalone(00:44)
    • A comparison of using NVivo for teams on a shared network versus standalone version for remote collaboration.
  • Merging NVivo Project Files Basics(01:24)
    • Introduction to merging NVivo project files for collaborative coding, with a reference to a helpful blog on best practices.
  • Preparing for File Merging(01:59)
    • Understanding the scenario: Two coders coding separately, preparing to merge files with changes in both copies.
  • Demonstration: Merging NVivo Files(02:34)
    • Step-by-step demonstration of physically merging NVivo project files using the import function.
  • Options During File Import(03:42)
    • Explanation of options during file import, including selecting specific items to include or exclude.
  • Handling Duplicate Items During Merge(04:22)
    • Brief overview of merging options, including handling duplicate items during the import process.
  • Completion and Viewing the Report(04:58)
    • Waiting for the completion of the merge process and viewing the detailed report generated.
  • Post-Merge Protocols for Collaboration(06:07)
    • Important protocols for collaborative teams, emphasizing avoiding edits in remote copies and handling structural changes.
  • Conclusion and Additional Resources(07:17)
    • Wrapping up with advice on managing collaborative NVivo projects and a reference to a more in-depth blog on proto