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MediaNoteTaker 9
For Mindjet MindManager Pro 7, 8 and 9

MediaNoteTaker 9 for Research


Sense-e-tising MindManager

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MediaNoteTaker 9 for Academic Research

A researcher is using MediaNoteTaker 9 for audio data collection and analysis.

He has ten people to interview and has a battery of questions he needs to ask each person.

He arranges for a specific time to meet with each person he needs to interview.

He sets up the interview room and opens MindManager on his laptop.

He plugs a microphone in to his computer audio jack and clicks on the MediaNoteTaker 9
tab to open the MediaNoteTaker 9 add-in

He then opens a map containing a list of predefined questions set out as topic notes . He has
ten topic sub notes listed from 1 to 10 to capture the response to each of his pre defined
interview questions.

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Recording Process:

The researcher selects the Show MediaNoteTaker menu item from the MediaNoteTaker
Ribbon Menu

This opens the MediaNoteTaker Pane which has three sections

He selects the audio record button from the Media Recorder Pane
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He the selects the Interviewee subtopic from the Question One Topic

He then clicks the record button to start recording the answer to research question 1.

Once the question has been answered he clicks the Stop button again to stop the recording.

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He continues this process until all of the interviewees have been interviewed and all
responses recorded.

The same process is followed to record sub questions to a main question.

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Transcribing and Analysing

The researcher can now start the data analysis.

There are several approaches he can use to listen to the recorded data.

Approach one

He selects the main topic Question One to automatically select all of the corresponding
audio recordings in the Media Editing Pane .

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He clicks the audio player button to listen to all of the recordings in sequence.

Approach Two

He selects a single topic with audio file . The selected file is displayed in the Media Editing
Pane

He then clicks the audio player button to listen to the selected recording.
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Approach Three

He selects a range of topics with audio files ( By holding down the Control button and
selecting predetermined audio files).. The selected files are displayed in the Media Editing
Pane

He then clicks the audio player button to listen to all of the recordings in sequence.

Transcribing audio recordings for analysis

To Transcribe an audio note the researcher first opens the Topic Notes Pane in
MindManager ( CTL +T).

He then selects the appropriate audio recording topic

He then selects the audio play button.

He transcribes the recording in the Topic Notes Pane box

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Using the repeat (Audio Loop button).

To replay an audio interview the researcher can select the audio repeat button. A light blue
square indicates that the repeat function is active. This will play the audio section over and
over again.

With long interviews audio transcriptions can be edited to facilitate creating themes or
categories. The split audio files are attached to the full transcription note.

Splitting audio transcriptions

The researcher has the ability to edit audio transcriptions in to smaller audio bites for
creating themes and categories.

To create edited transcription audio notes the researcher first selects the appropriate audio
topic.

He then selects the audio Split button.


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This opens the Audio Editor Pane

He then either selects the audio play button to listen to the recording or uses the slider to
determine a play point for editing.

Once determined he clicks on the Playpoint Pin to select a split point and continues with
this process until complete.

He then clicks on the Split button to complete the process.

The edited audio files are attached to the selected MindManager topic audio note.

The transcription process can again be used to transcribe these audio bites. (the original file
remains intact).

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The date and time stamps of the edited or original recordings can also be renamed to
reflect more appropriate classification

Attaching audio files

The researcher can also analyse audio files recorded using an external recording device.

He saves the external audio files to a designated folder on his computer.

He then uses the inbuilt Mind Manager Hyperlink Function to browse to the folder where
the audio files are saved

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He selects an audio file and clicks on the OK button

The selected audio file is attached to the selected Topic

The researcher then right clicks on the topic and selects the Convert to MediaTopic option
from the contextual menu

The external media note can now be transcribed and edited using the same methodology
for directly recorded audio notes.

Categorising

Once the researcher has completed the audio editing he can start data analysis using the in-
built features of Mind Manager

An example of this could be:

The researcher opens the Map Marker Tab

He selects the Fill colour option and by right clicking on the Fill Colour text is presented with
the Fill Colour Dialogue Box.

He creates a Fill colour descriptor and names it Interviewee 1 and designates a colour to this
descriptor.

He then selects the first colour descriptor (Interviewee 1 – Blue) and assigns this colour
marker to each of the Interviewee 1 question topics

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He continues this process until all 10 Interviewees have been given a designated fill colour
marker descriptor.

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He selects the Power Filter button

A Power Filter Dialogue Box opens

He then selects the Filter Button and selects Interviewee 1.

He then selects the Show Matching Topics option

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Only the selected Filer option is displayed in the MindManager map.

The researcher can now follow the process to transcribe these audio files using the processes
described above.

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