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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 to register.

Seems it's not orphaned after all.


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 ( ).
> 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 (
> ) and ONAsurveys (
> ). 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.
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> (+47) 95 802 803 / 73 596 329
> On Mon, Feb 16, 2009 at 11:31 AM, Craig Shepherd <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
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>> 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

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