About us

LiGRE is not only a research application; it is also a research partner ready to help you in all the stages of your project.

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LiGRE at a glance

LiGRE is a web application designed to facilitate the discovery of concepts that unite or separate a set of qualitative data. To this end, it allows researchers to code, categorize and weight each significant piece of information they discover in their documents. It also allows them to perform searches, sort, and filter coded information, calculate indicators, and generate tables, graphs, and reports to produce rigorous and accurate analyses. Moreover, LiGRE has been specifically designed for teamwork. It also allows the design and distribution of web-based surveys.


The idea behind LiGRE was sparked from a discussion among students. The discussion was about qualitative data analysis software and how convenient it seemed. While everyone involved recognized the potential of such software, they also agreed that it was often too expensive, too difficult to learn, too technologically demanding, or too unreliable for them to use.

It was these considerations that, years later, led us to submit a project to the National Research Council of Canada (NRC) to design a new application specialized in qualitative data analysis. Initially called Qualiquan, the project proposed an innovative process for integrating qualitative data analysis and survey results into an intuitive and user-friendly software package accessible to the entire academic community. The best way to achieve all these goals in one fell swoop seemed to be to make it an entirely web-based platform. Another significant advantage of this technological choice was that it would facilitate the development of new and very advantageous features, such as real-time teamwork without synchronization. All these factors combined led to the project coming to fruition in 2014. While our plans had to be reviewed and tweaked many times, the fact remains that LiGRE is still true to our initial aspirations.

Who are we?

LiGRE Software is a product of Logiciels Ex-l-Tec Inc. Our company is based in Trois-Rivières, Quebec (Canada), and has been creating Web applications and developing software for over 25 years.

Our expertise is mainly in education and health, sectors for which we have developed many products over the years.

The development of LiGRE software is an ongoing process carried out by a multidisciplinary team under the supervision of the project manager Pierre Blais, PhD in anthropology.


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In which languages is the LiGRE interface available?

The LiGRE interface is available in French and English.


What languages can LiGRE be used for?

Although its interface is only available in English and French, LiGRE can process all text documents encoded in UTF-8 format. Therefore, LiGRE is compatible with most languages. It even supports right-to-left reading and encoding. These options are automatically activated when the application detects that the imported documents are in a language written from right to left, like Hebrew or Arabic.


What types of documents can be analyzed with LiGRE?

LiGRE can process images, PDF documents, tables, results matrices (.CSV), and audio and video files. An integrated automatic transcription module is also available to facilitate the transcription of audio and video data.


Which methodological approaches are compatible with LiGRE?

LiGRE is compatible with all major methodological approaches – whether inductive (e.g., grounded theory) or deductive (e.g., framework analysis).

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In addition to being able to use all of LiGRE’s Premium features free of charge for one year, LiGRE ambassadors are eligible for a 25% discount on automatic transcription time. Write to us for additional information.

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