Back in early 2020 the Bio-IT project took another step towards ensuring data privacy.
Coupled with learning that different groups at EMBL had multiple independent subscriptions to a broad range of survey platforms, the Bio-IT project setup LimeSurvey locally and gained another powerful and reliable service.
Since then, this platform has been used to collect feedback from hundreds of workshop attendees, inquire EMBL’s Python User Group (EPUG) and EMBL’s R User Group communities, and to run several internal surveys.
With over a year of reliable service, this platform is accessible and open to anyone at EMBL.
To use it simply head over to survey.bio-it.embl.de and login using your EMBL credentials.
If you are not physically at EMBL, for security reasons, you will need to an active VPN connection to login to the management interface.
Failure to do so will result in:
Once logged in, you will be greeted by the familiar EMBL colors and the possiblity to create a new survey from scratch or use an existing survey as template.
You will then be able to create your surveys using a wide range of question formats, including:
- Text (short, long)
- Single and multiple choice options
- Drop-down selections
- Scale, ranking and multi-dimentional arrays
- and more, many more
You can customize the type of question in the big green button in the edit question section:
Need a survey with questions that should only be shown when certain conditions are met? We have your back!
The platform includes a powerful engine that allows creating complex conditional workflows hiding or showing individual or entire groups of questions.
Want to survey a pre-defined list of participants? We got you covered too.
In this case, announcement and reminder e-mails, user tokens and participation reports can be entirely managed through the platform.
What about plots and statistics? Hehe, you are funny!
There are multiple flavors, both interactive, in the survey results section, and in a PDF report.
Check some of them in the blog entry about the survey we ran in the EPUG community.
Oh and if you are wondering what do participants see, have a look yourself at how shiny the EMBL theme looks like!
In short, everything you can expect from a powerful survey platform is most certainly covered.
All of these features and options do bring some complexity so take your time exploring and, if you find this platform useful, let us know.
We love to hear when our tools are making a difference and even more when you have suggestions about them!
Banner image by Jon Tyson @ Unsplash.