Dossier to be discontinued Saturday, May 23

dossier.jpgDossier, Stratepedia’s service for flexible, social data collection, is being discontinued due to insufficient use. I’ll be shutting Dossier down on Saturday when I move Depot to its new server. Everyone who may be affected by this has been notified, but if you have questions feel free to leave a comment below or e-mail me at help@stratepedia.org.

I’m sorry for any inconvenience this may cause, and personally disappointed that Dossier just didn’t work out. As you may know, this has been a personal pet project of mine for nearly ten years now, but in the time it took us to finally put something together and have people try it out, better alternatives became available. I still think there are some things the market leaders could learn from what we were trying to do with Dossier (reusable forms, social data sharing), but that’s something for another time.

Thank you to everyone who sat through me talking about or demonstrating Dossier, and for the string of programmers who helped me build my grand idea. I learned a lot along the way and hope you did, too.

Dossier alternatives

In addition to the usual for-pay online data collection services such as SurveyMonkey and Zoomerang, you might consider Google Forms, part of Google Docs. This free service lets you easily create a web-based form, embed it into e-mail or a web page, and save data, real-time, into a Google spreadsheet. You may then export that spreadsheet to your favorite analysis package. (For the record, this is what we use whenever we survey people through our blog.)

If you have your own server and would prefer to host something yourself, take a look at Lime Survey. It’s similar in some ways to Dossier, though it has a much steeper learning curve.

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Aaron Sumner

Aaron Sumner is the Director of Technology for Research and Development at the University of Kansas Center for Research on Learning. He has worked in web development and instructional technology since 1994.