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VA Technical Reference Model v 24.4

MAXQDA (Qualitative Data Analysis)
MAXQDA (Qualitative Data Analysis) Technology

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Description: MAXQDA is a data analysis technology. This technology is designed for computer-assisted qualitative and mixed methods data, text, and multimedia analysis in academic, scientific, and business institutions.

There are three editions of MAXQDA: Standard, Plus, and Analytics Pro. This entry covers all three editions.

Per the vendor, this technology does not utilize a database. MAXQDA imports data from multiple data sources into the program for project analysis. The data of MAXQDA projects is then saved in separate files and stored locally on the user`s hard drive. Data created with and through MAXQDA is not encrypted, but the software will not interfere with standard hard drive encryption. Additionally, users can store MAXQDA projects in a cloud service such as Dropbox, Google Drive, Microsoft OneDrive, or SugarSync to synchronize project files across different computers or to make them available to third parties.

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Technology/Standard Usage Requirements: Users must ensure their use of this technology/standard is consistent with VA policies and standards, including, but not limited to, VA Handbooks 6102 and 6500; VA Directives 6004, 6513, and 6517; and National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) standards, including Federal Information Processing Standards (FIPS). Users must ensure sensitive data is properly protected in compliance with all VA regulations. Prior to use of this technology, users should check with their supervisor, Information Security Officer (ISO), Facility Chief Information Officer (CIO), or local Office of Information and Technology (OI&T) representative to ensure that all actions are consistent with current VA policies and procedures prior to implementation.
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Decision Source: TRM Mgmt Group
Decision Process: One-VA TRM v23.11
Decision Date: 11/15/2023 at 19:03:08 UTC
Aliases: MAXQDA
Introduced By: TRM Request
Vendor Name: VERBI GmbH
- The information contained on this page is accurate as of the Decision Date (11/15/2023 at 19:03:08 UTC).