Askia party at Esomar 2017!

A quite substantial contingent from Askia will be attending the ESOMAR Congress on September 10-13 in Amsterdam. For those of you who plan to attend, we’ll be at booth #19 in the exhibition space, where we hope you’ll swing by to see us.

The other bit of significant news is that, true to tradition, we’ll be hosting a party immediately following ESOMAR’s Welcome Reception. Details are as follows:

When?

Sunday, September 10th from 9:00 PM until late.

Where?

In De Waag, an intimate bar/restaurant about a 7-minute walk from the ESOMAR Congress.

In De Waag

Nieuwmarkt, 4

1012 CR Amsterdam

Dress code?

Something, anything…

Fresh articles from our knowledge base

Our tech support team has been hard at work lately on providing you with many new articles designed to help you better benefit from our software suite: could it be survey design, fieldwork management or data analysis.

Here are some of the most noteworthy articles from our help centre:

Randomise or rotate a code list with groups & headers

It’s often required to show a code list with several group headers and responses within these groups. In most cases it’s necessary to randomise the responses within the groups and / or the groups themselves. This article shows how this can be done using the Change response order routing action providing and example .qex and syntax. This functionality is often referred to as Block randomisation.

List of response items with response headers

By combining the use of a special character and of the Change response order routing to identify the response headers, you can easily setup your block randomisation as seen below:

Block randomisation

Take a look at the article for more information.

HTML table around screen elements

It can sometimes be hard to layout elements exactly as you want on a web screen if there are many elements or loops in play. This article will step through neatly storing several elements of a loop on a merged screen in a HTML table.

HTML tables may seem outdated but they are still the best way to semantically layout tabular data on web pages. Such layouts as the one below are nearly always best designed using the HTML table element:

4 question loop with a table layout

Check out the help centre article for more details and access to an example survey.

Using Google’s reCAPTCHA in AskiaDesign

The main purpose of integrating a reCAPTCHA in an askiadesign survey is to protect your survey from spam, abuse or bots while letting your respondents pass through with ease.

The only requirement is that you register your domain with Google’s reCAPTCHA in order to obtain a private key and add the appropriate JavaScript snippet to your survey.

You can play with this on our demo survey now or head straight to the KB article!

Statistics on mailing

This short article provides a description of each category located in the Statistics on mails tab in askiafield’s Supervisor.

Statistics on emails

Read the full article here for more information.

Expanding our dev team!

Askia is expanding its development team in our Paris office and we have two open positions for you to join our dev team!

Full Stack engineer

We are currently looking for a full-stack C# / JavaScript developer for our Paris office.

Requirements
  • Proficiency with C#
  • Proficiency with Javascript (vanilla)
  • Experience designing web-services with C# and ASP.NET
  • Good knowledge of SQL Server
  • Good knowledge of IIS
  • Good oral and written communication in English
Preferred skills
  • Experience with ExtJS, NodeJS
  • Experience with C++
  • Experience with statistics
Description

The main role will be to integrate a development team to work with us on our range of survey software applications. You will develop and maintain C# web-services, implement web interfaces in JavaScript (currently using the ExtJS framework).
Even though this position is for our Paris office, our dev team is located in several of our offices (Paris, London, Brussels and Colombo); therefore, good oral and written English is required.
This is a full-time permanent position based in Paris. Compensation for this position is 45K€ (depending on experience); some of the perks you will enjoy: integration of your mobile phone in our fleet, restaurant tickets, competitive company savings plan, …

Contact mamadou@askia.com


Development project manager

We are currently looking for a project/team manager with strong development knowledge for our Paris office.

Requirements
  • Proficiency with C# and Javascript
  • Experience managing a development team
  • Fluent English and French
Preferred skills
  • Experience with Agile / SCRUM methodologies
  • Good oral and written communication skills
Description

The main role will be to integrate and manage a development team (8 in-house developers and 3 external developers). The secondary role will be to take part in the development and maintenance of our survey software applications.
Even though this position is for our Paris office, our dev team is located in several of our offices (Paris, London, Brussels and Colombo); therefore, good oral and written English is required. You will also be regularly traveling to each of our development hubs (Paris, London, Brussels and Colombo).
This is a full-time permanent position based in Paris. Compensation for this position is 50K€ (depending on experience); some of the perks you will enjoy: integration of your mobile phone in our fleet, restaurant tickets, competitive company savings plan, …

Contact mamadou@askia.com

Announcing a dashboard app partnership with E-Tabs

We’re thrilled to announce a new strategic partnership which sees two industry leaders combining their vast skills, experience and resources to develop a revolutionary dashboard designer application for market research.

The two companies have been empowering the Market Research industry for over 20 years with E-Tabs at the forefront of market research reporting and visualization, and Askia providing state-of-the-art software for surveys and analysis.

Askia and E-Tabs make a perfect match; our offerings complement each other”, says Jérôme Sopoçko, Askia founder. “Through this partnership we are effectively combining our expertise in analysis and reporting to create a very compelling proposition for the industry.

The web-based dashboard designer, available as a standalone tool or linked seamlessly with Askiavista analysis software, will be a genuine game-changer. Benjamin Rietti, President and founder of E-Tabs added, “The dashboard design market is crowded but spectacularly fails to address the specific needs of market research. This exciting new application will combine a cutting-edge user experience with a native understanding of market research data and functionality. The industry as a whole will gain significantly from this coming together of two of its leaders”.

Further information about the new software and this strategic partnership will be released later in the year so stay tuned!

About E-Tabs

E-Tabs has been providing cutting edge data visualization and reporting solutions to the market research industry for over 20 years. E-Tabs helps businesses all over the globe boost their productivity by making the process of producing their reports and visualizations quick, simple & cost effective.

New in Askiaface for iOS

We’re pleased to announce that we have released a major update to askiaface for iOS on the App Store; version 3.3.0 is jam-packed with exciting new features and many dead bugs:

Askiafield 5.4 quota management

With askiafield 5.4, we have implemented four new Quota keywords which will dramatically simplify the setting of your surveys when you want balanced or least filled quota.

  1. AvailableQuota: returns the indexes of the responses of the TargetQuestion still available (to do > 0) and sorted from the max to do to the min to do using the count for the sort.
  2. AvailableBalancedQuotas:  returns the indexes of the responses of the TargetQuestion still available (to do > 0) and sorted from the max to the min using the following formula : (Target% - Observed%) / Target%
  3. QuotaList: returns the complete indexes of the responses of the TargetQuestion sorted from the max to do to the min to do using the count for the sort.
  4. BalancedQuotaList: returns the complete indexes of the responses of the TargetQuestion sorted from the max to the min using the following formula: (Target% - Observed%)

Askiafield 5.3.5 quota management

We’ve finally added support  for manual quota management! You can now design your mobile Askia surveys while leveraging the usefulness of such keywords as QuotaToDo, MaxQuotaToDo and other IsQuotaFullFor in order to better apply your quota methodology within your questionnaires!

Added Crashlytics support

We have integrated the Crashlytics engine in order to improve our error logging. Crashlytics allows us to able to locate, down to the exact line of code, any issue that causes application instabilities. This will greatly improve our response time and efficiency when dealing with pesky bugs!

New 5.4 AskiaScript

We have added support for askiadesign’s 5.4 AskiaScript! You can now make use of many new goodies such as:

  • Run Askia Script: with this action, it is now possible to run a script to complete multiple actions in one go. These are the new methods for question objects.
  • HasParentChapter: Check whether the question has a parent chapter
  • ParentChapter: Will return a string containing name of the Parent chapter
  • AgentID: Identifier of the interviewing Agent
  • AgentName: Name of the interviewing Agent
  • EndTime: Indicates the finished date/time of the current interview
  • StartTime: Indicates the started date/time of the current interview
  • Language: Returns the current respondent language
  • Scenario: Returns the current respondent scenario
  • and many more!

Improved memory management

The application has been completely transitioned to Automatic Reference Counting (ARC) in order to better memory management. Simply put, this allows askiaface for iOS to improve the way it allocates and deallocates objects automatically without obliging our developers from manually releasing unused or obsolete objects from memory.

For you, this will translate in a smoother and snappier experience! Win :)

Miscellaneous fixes

We have also took the time to fix some issues some of our users were experiencing:

  • Fixed various issues with routings
  • Fixed issue with ADCs not rendering
  • Fixed issue when syncing interviews with quota data
  • Fixed an issue with AWS resource upload
  • Fixed a memory leak when syncing interviews with AWS resources
  • Fixed an issue where interview description was no longer displayed in Modify interviews
  • Fixed missing interview date in Modify interviews
  • Fixed an issue that would prevent the interview file name to be displayed when Askiaface Description was missing

You can download askiaface for iOS now or update directly from your iPhone or iPad!

New from the vault

If like us, you’ve been busy spending your time working (building surveys, helping clients, upgrading software, reading logs, …), you may not have had a chance to keep up with the latest tips & tricks from our Help Centre. Feel free to have a flick through our latest picks:

Design & Analyse FAQs

Your first steps with Askia’s range of software are now even smoother! The askiadesign & askiaanalyse FAQs will help cover your needs when start building your first questionnaire or analysing your first survey results.

Askia analyse FAQ screenshot

Access the Design FAQ and/or the Analyse FAQ to take a look!

How to import / export Askiavista projects

Upgrading your Askiavista server environment? Using a staging server before deploying your Askiavista projects to your live environment? Look no further, this article walks us through the simple steps of using AskiaVista Tool to import and/or export Askiavista projects from one server to another.

AskiaVista Tool screenshot

This nifty application allows AskiaVista administrators to manage the import / export of Vista project related components: Portfolios, Filters, Weightings, Profiles, Calculated variables, Chart templates, Table styles, …

Check out the full article for more details.

Web survey link encryption

As from version 5.3.5, we’ve had the ability to send survey links with URL encryption / prettyfying. Up until now, encryption could only be achieved manually and was only reserved for StartSurvey link type. We have therefore created a script which allows you to encrypt survey links by batch, based on a CSV file. With this script, you can encrypt many URLs at once.

Therefore, a standard DoExternalPanel link with some extra parameters looks like:

http://mydomain.com/WebProd/cgi-bin/askiaext.dll?Action=DoExternalPanel&SurveyName=fullurl&Broker=askia&BrokerPanelId=4&tT=ad

And the encrypted version would return a URL like:

http://mydomain.com/WebProd/~jgAqch8-_cm6F4j1VIJMvSW8l_cYjUaX

Vista API tutorial

This article is a followup to the first API tutorial, it showcases a series of bite-sized examples to highlight important features of the Vista API.

askiavista API tutorial illustration

This extensive tutorial covers all the basics for Vista API development through 11 examples that feature such concepts as: displaying a cross-tab via the getPages method, securing your dashboard with a login page, grouping multiple requests to improve load management and client-side performance, retrieving a list of questions and/or responses via the askiavista.getQuestions and the askiavista.getResponses methods, adding a dropdown menu to your dashboards, … and many more!

Using Amazon S3 for resource uploads for Askiaface on iOS/Android

Using an external service to automatically upload your survey’s media captured on your iOS and/or Android devices is a very convenient way to centralise all such assets and a great method of securing all such resources.

This article covers all the steps from setting up your Amazon S3 account, checking all S3 settings and prepping your survey’s media capture questions in order to automate the upload of all media content.

Read the article for the full picture!

Askia is changing: new digital identity

As initiated a couple of months ago in our “Askia’s mission, vision & values” blog post in which we mention the elements we have been processing over the past year (Askia’s 20th birthday!): our team has gathered to help (re)define our core statements.

In order to help us and you our clients, partners, friends, … better feel the revival of our aspiration as a business, Askia’s visual identity has undergone the same process over the past year.

We examined, reexamined, broke, rebuilt and finally achieved in evolving our brand identity without ever losing sight of our roots. From our logo to our brand colour palette, from our application icons to our print material, … we have completely redesigned our visual language in order to better mirror who we are now and where we are heading.

We have therefore began to rollout this new identity throughout our digital presence: website, blog, help centredocumentation.

Our new website

Askia website screenshot

Our new help centre

Askia help centre screenshot

Open Ends

Askia's Open Ends blog screenshot

Documentation

Askia user documentation screenshot

Conclusion

As you can see, we have already achieved quite a lot this year! But there is still more! We’ve already completely overhauled our mobile face-to-face Android app, our dev centre will be updated in the coming weeks, … Keep an eye on us, much more will be coming out in the next months!

Askiaface for Android in a material world

Askiaface for Android has just been updated to version 3.3.0 and this major update brings some long awaited features!

Our mobile face to face app for Android devices is now finally compliant with smartphones as well as tablets:

Askiaface for Android on Nexus 6P screenshot
Askiaface for Android on a Nexus 6P

The user interface has been completely redesigned based on Google’s Material design principles in order to provide a seamless experience with the modern Android environment:

Askiaface for Android on Nexus 5X screenshot
Askiaface for Android on a Nexus 5X

Of course, the application remains optimised for high density display tablets and integrates Askia’s new identity style guide:

Askiaface for Android on Nexus 7 screenshot
Askiaface for Android on a Nexus 7

This update will allow your interviewers to access all our mobile face to face features with less hassle in a completely decluttered interface!

We have also updated geolocation capture by using Android’s latest GPS API in order to provide you with more precise geolocation could your devices be on cellular or Wi-Fi!

Download or update Askiaface for Android from the Play Store now!

Askia party at New Orleans’ ESOMAR Congress

A quite substantial contingent from Askia will be attending the ESOMAR Congress on September 18-21 at the Hyatt Regency in New Orleans, LA. For those of you who plan to attend, we’ll be at booth #6 in the exhibition space, where we hope you’ll swing by to see us.

The other bit of significant news is that, true to tradition, we’ll be hosting a party immediately following ESOMAR’s Welcome Reception. Details are as follows:

When?

Sunday, September 18th from 8:30 PM until late.

Where?

Victory, an intimate cocktail bar about a 5-minute walk from the Hyatt.

Dress code?

Something, anything…

Askia ESOMAR party 2016 details

We look forward to seeing you there for drinks and some delicious Creole cooking!

Latest resources for our users

Even though we’ve been on holidays, some of our dedicated support staff have been working hard to provide you with some great resources for your upcoming surveys: help articles, new survey controls and more!

Here’s an overview of all the new goodies you’ll be able to find on our help centre:

Universe settings

This short article covers all the basics on Universes, an often misunderstood feature of askiaanalyse. It’s indeed often ambiguously connected to another Filters / Sub-populations.

Universe settings screenshot

The article in detail how Universes do not change the counts but change the percentages in your table and details each of the associated values that can be assigned to a Universe for a given table / set of tables:

  1. All interviews
  2. Use selected responses
  3. Use question base
  4. Use answering base

Check out the full article.

Simplify your data analysis with myView

This comprehensive article describes the purpose and use of the myView feature in askiaanalyse. This feature allows users to create an alternative view of the questionnaire tree. In this view you can:

  • Re-order questions / responses
  • Hide questions / responses
  • Change overall structure / indent & create chapters
  • Change captions of questions and responses
  • Create grouped or calculated responses which are assigned to questions in the myView questionnaire tree

Setting up a myView comes in handy in cases such as:

  • Survey files with long structure e.g. when the data file has lots of loops or historic questions and has become difficult to navigate through
  • Files shared between a data processing (DP) team and researchers can contain many variables that are not needed by the researchers.
  • A data file might have sections of it allocated to different researchers e.g. country specific sections. A different .mlv (myView definition file) file can be supplied to each team to show only the profile of questions they will be dealing with.

Read the full article here.

Programming Col Sig (part 4)

Part 4 of the meticulous series of articles on on Column Significance is once again a very thorough piece on this calculation and it’s various settings.

This article is specific to the Student Test using estimator & efficiency coefficient. It demonstrates how to create a table which shows the pre-set Col Sig calculation side by side with the programmed calculation for the same test. It provides all steps as well as an example questionnaire and dataset that you can access directly in the source article.

Cross video survey control

This survey control is similar to our Video control but provides extra support for all browsers and will even fallback to Flash video for those still using legacy browsers.

Cross Video ADC 2.0 header image

You can check out the demo or go grab the survey control!

Light gallery

This brand new ADC 2.0 survey control allows you to add lightboxed image galleries within your surveys. This mobile friendly gallery is fully packed with features such as: zoom in, zoom out, full-screen, keyboard controls, …

Lightbox image gallery

Go take a look at the demo or head to the article to download it!

Target

Another brand new ADC 2.0, Target provides a playful survey control for numerical loops to your respondents that will allow them to drag and drop elements on a target to assign values to each.

Target survey control

You can play around with the demo or go check the article for more information!