Are there any open source online survey software that enable researchers to use experience-sampling methods, e.g. online diaries (where people answer similar survey questions repeatedly and are notified and reminded)? Free, but not open source, would also be interesting.

Please only post solutions, that you have actually used for experience-sampling research, not ones that "might be easily adapted".

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    $\begingroup$ There are so many of these out there, is it even worth discussing this? $\endgroup$
    – Jonathan
    Dec 7, 2012 at 18:12
  • $\begingroup$ @jon Name one. I'm in this field and I don't share your perception. $\endgroup$
    – Ruben
    Dec 8, 2012 at 10:38
  • $\begingroup$ Sorry, I just saw that in your question text you specify "open source" solutions. I'm not aware of any open source solutions. $\endgroup$
    – Jonathan
    Dec 8, 2012 at 22:09
  • $\begingroup$ For commercial solutions I only know Qualtrics and I heard they're also fairly new to this, ie apparently you can't get a mobile experience sampling app going in a week. But yes I'm looking for open source, though simply free ones wouldn't hurt either. I'm not aware of any either. @Jon $\endgroup$
    – Ruben
    Dec 10, 2012 at 9:14
  • $\begingroup$ for commercial ones, I've used Revelation from KDA and have seen demos of Luminosity and Qualvu... not free. Most survey companies will be willing to "fake it" by manually sending notifications to an online or mobile panel. Why the interest in open-source particularly - for academia? $\endgroup$
    – Jonathan
    Dec 10, 2012 at 17:38

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The best review of experience sampling tools I've found is here.

Specifically, to answer you question, check out "MyExperience". To quote the website:

MyExperience is a BSD-licensed open source mobile data collection tool developed for Windows Mobile devices (including PDAs and mobile phones) using .NET CF 2 and Microsoft SQL Compact Edition.

MyExperience is available for free on SourceForge in beta release. Please see our wiki for documentation and our blog for updates. MyExperience combines sensing and self-report to collect both quantitative and qualitative data on human behaviors, attitudes and activities in the field. Using a mobile phone's wireless connectivity to the internet, researchers have the ability to access MyExperience data as it's collected allowing for ongoing analysis of study data and early detection of subject compliance or technology issues.

MyExperience is based on a three tier architecture of sensors, triggers and actions; triggers use sensor event data to conditionally launch actions. One novel aspect of MyExperience is that its behavior and user interface are specified via XML and a lightweight scripting language similar to the HTML/JavaScript paradigm on the web.

  • $\begingroup$ MyExperience works with Windows phones only, so that's a quite limited userbase, but it looks like it has an impressive feature set. $\endgroup$
    – Ruben
    Mar 21, 2013 at 19:40

This is probably a bit old but there is a free iOS app called the PIEL Survey. It is in the App store. There is a web site which explains how to set up Experience Sampling surveys.


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