Proprietary data formats add insecurity
As a Dedoose user, I'm impressed with the attempt by the firm to provide a need that's out there.
They've added a bunch of features that rivals like nVivo have not offered, but users have cried out for. And of course, its cloud-based so any operating system can play.
BUT...and it's a big but, Dedoose creates and handles its data in some pretty unique ways. Its export functions are clumsy, and you can't even do basic things like search a project full of documents for a text string. (and don't even think about editing a document that's been loaded - a complete no-no apparently). That gives you some idea of how difficult it is to get data out of Dedoose.
The out-take of this for a user is that you worry about how you can maintain and sustain the life of your valuable information. And the first rule of data maintenance is fool-proof back up. Dedoose...and its users have learnt the hard way that niche software which has little universally standard backup or export is highly vulnerable to a catastrophic failure, in that local mirrors of projects made by users are not supported, and Dedooses' own backups clearly failed (failure across multiple backs in multiple locations is hard to fathom - I can't imagine how one could designa system like that, but hey, I'm just a user, what do I know /matter?)
I'm determined to stick with Dedoose becasue I believe they will learn from this and certainly will backup properky in future. But whether they will extend this to developing funcionality and format that enables users to access and store data in a more friendly and flexible way - that remains to be seen....