Oh no, explaining! As I see it - I originally generated around 50 codes in the healthcare that need reduction, where I see the this helps:
(I think we discussed limiting ourselves to three), our coding approach was taking it somehow from the middle and building the hierarchy both in an upward and downward direction (I generated the code
medical personnel in the first-ever coded article, it immediately gained a child node
medical career issues and a parent
public healthcare system with the same article. That was great for representing a couple of related articles in the Czech forum, but might be too granular and disconnected from the other forums. In addition, I generated a
healthcare quality node, within the same article, which was very closely related to the
medical personnel but ontologically distinct. The simple solution was to create a parent node for both or making medical personnel child of healthcare quality to generate a “proximity relation” between them, but that exactly is what complicates the codebook. One should also take into account what is the purpose and avoid “coding for coding”, which I am guilty of sometimes:)
What we have been trying to do during the last months was to establish a common protocol for all the forums, carefully reviewing how we construct the code labels, nodes and parent-child relations. That was very prodcutive, however, in order to achieve so, we basically needed to learn to know the whole codebook around the whole POPREBEL “by heart” and have the code authors for consultation at hand. I think it was quite a challenging task since we did not have a tool for reviewing specific segments of the structure (codes/nodes + relations, but not necessarily having one node or forum segment as their center point) - and more importantly to easily compare these segments across the whole codebook. And sometimes, it just seems a bit difficult to get rid of codes in order to place them into a tighter hierarchy for the purpose of analysis.
In practice, now we can easily simultanesouly check how, for instance, the situation with
medical personnel and
healthcare quality (both up and down the node relations) looks in the Czech forum by creating a metanode, instead of taking the mental exercise of imagining it, or merging the codes and possibly losing ontologically valuable nodes and relations. Moreover, we can easily compare this with the analogical segments in the Polish codebook and easily consider re-labelling of some of the codes (merging) or changing the hierarchies without the necessity of scrolling through the linear list or finding them in a sheet.