***** To join INSNA, visit http://www.insna.org ***** Curiously, I just received an email update from Network Genie (my first in the year since registering), announcing a workshop at Sunbelt this March: - Training at the INSNA Sunbelt Conference We are excited to conduct a half day workshop at INSNA that will show you just how easy Network Genie is to use to collect social network survey data. Participants will receive a complimentary coupon for 50 surveys valued at $150 USD. Date: Tuesday, March 10th, 1:00pm - 5:00pm Cost: Students $35, all others $50 Go to https://www.insna.org/sunbelt/2_wkreg.html to register. [/quote] - Seems it's not orphaned after all. Andreas On Mon, Feb 16, 2009 at 5:32 PM, Andreas S°yland <[log in to unmask]> wrote: > Hi Craig, > > I actually did quite an extensive, similar search not long ago in > connection with the MOSCITO project ( http://www.moscito.no/ ). > Unfortunately I have to say that there aren't any really good > solutions out there. A few may be usable, depending on your research, > but none were both as functional and adaptable as we had hoped to > find. > > Besides general survey solutions such as those already suggested, I > found only two designed for social network research: Network Genie ( > https://secure.networkgenie.com/ ) and ONAsurveys ( > http://onasurveys.com/ ). Of these, NG seemed primarily oriented > towards ego network studies, ONA could only be used for full network > studies (+snowball), while both put significant constraints on how you > may design and deploy your survey (i.e. no customizable code etc.). > > Both tools let you create and deploy surveys for free, but you will > have to pay for access to the data, which is available in formats > suitable for a few of the most common SNA tools (NG: UCINET, InFlow, > MultiNet, NEGOPY; ONA: Netdraw/UCINet, Inflow, Excel). Price > unspecified for NG (IIRC) and $40/$350 a month/year for ONA (if > edu/research). > > Rather than going through all the details in terms of functionality > for each of these, I suggest you read up on their web pages. I'll just > mention that we quickly abandoned the idea of NG, as it seemed > somewhat "orphaned", albeit with interesting possibilities in terms of > nested subgroups. > > Presently we are about to deploy a series of surveys using ONAsurveys, > which at least is supported and sees the occasional improvement. It > has quite a few useful solutions, e.g. ability to clone surveys, > revision control, good overview over respondent status, a choice > between person centric and question centric layout, 3 languages > (english, dutch and danish), but also some striking inconveniences, > such as no multiuser collaboration, a rather slow and clunky > interface, almost no control over many aspects of the survey design, > poor use of screen real estate, no multiple choice answers(!), etc. > etc. > > All in all, it seems to work well enough if you are willing to > compromise your ideals here and there, but you do long for more > control. > > I have not seen any publications mentioning either btw. > > > best regards & best of luck > > -Andreas > > -- > Andreas S°yland > > Master of Science in Communications Technology > PhD student @ Studio Apertura, NTNU Social Research Ltd. > [log in to unmask] > (+47) 95 802 803 / 73 596 329 > > On Mon, Feb 16, 2009 at 11:31 AM, Craig Shepherd <[log in to unmask]> wrote: >> ***** To join INSNA, visit http://www.insna.org ***** >> >> Does anyone have experience of using online survey packages to collect SNA data? If so, which software would you recommend, are there specific limitations/benefits of the packages you have used, and what were the costs involved? >> >> Thanks in advance for your help & advice, >> >> Craig _____________________________________________________________________ SOCNET is a service of INSNA, the professional association for social network researchers (http://www.insna.org). To unsubscribe, send an email message to [log in to unmask] containing the line UNSUBSCRIBE SOCNET in the body of the message.