Many projects involve multiple researchers working together. There are three ways that NVivo allows you to manage collaborative work, however two of these are dependent on the version of NVivo you are using:

  1. NVivo Collaboration Server (previously NVivo for Teams): A central server at your institution holds all project files, allowing team members to work on the same projects at the same time, with the ability to see others' work as they save. Collaboration Server is only available for NVivo Windows. Collaboration Server

  2. NVivo Collaboration Cloud: This is a cloud-based system integrated into NVivo, release 1, allowing you to share and track project master and personal versions. It can be used with NVivo Windows or Mac, but not in combination. NVivo Collaboration Cloud is not available to users of NVivo version 12. See NVivo Collaboration for further information.

  3. Manual: You can manage a collaborative project manually, creating a project master file and giving a copy to each team member. They work on their copies independently then return them for you to merge into the master file. NVivo has a number of features to facilitate this method (see below and Strategies for teamwork).

    While projects can be converted between Windows and Mac formats with this method, this is not recommended. Work with projects on Windows or Mac