A dataset contains structured data arranged in rows and columns. Datasets are created by importing data, and cannot be edited inside NVivo.

You can create datasets by importing:

  • Microsoft Excel spreadsheets
  • NCapture files containing data collected from Facebook and Twitter.

When you import NCapture files containing data from Facebook or Twitter, the fields in the dataset are predetermined—based on the type of social media data you are importing.

The table below displays an example of a dataset containing survey responses. Each record (row) represents a single survey respondent. The fields (columns) contain demographic information about the respondent or their responses to the survey questions.

Before you import

Import data from spreadsheets

Work with datasets