Author page: Richard Collins

Unmasking Zorro

There was only going to be one theme for the 2020/21 Askia New Year card. Most years there are weeks of debate around Askia Towers, choosing what the global theme of the year just gone should be. So no wasted time this time around. It was clearly the pandemic. But how to find the right angle on what is a truly difficult situation for everyone? This one did take weeks of debate and brainstorming, until we organized one of those Zoom wine drinking gatherings. After a few glasses…

Brexit Post-Transition Period: UK Data Protection Note

At the time of publication of this note, it seems increasingly likely that the UK will not be granted an adequacy decision by the end of the transition period (31st December 2020). In this note, we look at how data will flow between the UK and Europe from 1st January 2021 and how the (EU) 2016/679 GDPR will apply to the UK when processing EU personal data in the UK. GDPR, DPA 2018 and Brexit: the background The General Data Protection Regulation ((EU) 2016/679) (GDPR) became directly applicable…

Askia Winter Webinar

Stephen Bronnec was the main attraction in the final Askia Webinar of 2020, where he revealed the new Askia platform, in advance of its launch early next year. The new platform is a fully SaaS version of Askia that brings together a series of linked online modules that allow users to create, field and report on their web surveys. In the session Stephen covered: Askia Portal Overview Demonstrated the end to end workflow (Design, Field, Vista) Showed the compatibility with the offline versions of Design & Supervisor Explained…

Askia New Year’s Card 2020/21

For many people, 2020 can’t come to an end soon enough and thankfully we don’t have much longer to wait before we can consign the year of this pandemic firmly into the past. Hooray to that! This is also the time of year when the Askia elves are busy creating our annual New Year’s greetings card. It’s Patrick’s turn to be the card “model” and it will come as no surprise to most of you to hear that a new costume has been ordered. Patrick is also growing…

Hey! Succour

Slice & dice the market research cake

New software built around the needs of research practitioners can relieve the enormous pressure they’re under. More than that: it has the power to make their working lives at once easier, more stimulating and more rewarding. In fact, market researchers can now slice, dice and have their cake (and eat it!) Industry challenges and pressure on research professionals as individuals have been mounting over the last few years. Researchers are constantly being told to be smarter, quicker, more agile, more innovative and more accountable; to process, integrate and…

The numbers just don’t add up…

The debrief is going well, the change in direction the end client needs to take is understood, the meeting is coming to a conclusion. Then the quiet one in the room asks you to go back to slide 26 – it’s the slide with one of the key tabulations with the important figures highlighted in green. The bomb is dropped, “The numbers don’t add up”. The numbers in the cells don’t add up. Everyone counts them. She is right. The researchers look at each other. They count again.…

What’s new in Codeit

Our friends at Digital Taxonomy have been busy working on adding new functionality in Codeit, and Askia was delighted to be able to welcome Tim Brandwood, CEO & CO-Founder, back for a webinar that showcased some of the highlights. Areas we will covered: Askia 5.5.3 Integration – both Askia and Digital Taxonomy have worked incredibly hard on the new integration via the Askia API. It is ready and already in use by a few Askia clients. Tim showed how the two systems now work together. Machine Translation –…

The show must go on

This time of year is traditionally the start of the festival season in Europe and in any normal year, many of the Askia team would be heading off in camper vans to immerse themselves in a collective celebration of art, music, food, drink & humanity. But this is no normal year. The festival and conference industry has been hit particularly hard by the COVID-19 pandemic and our friends in the MR industry that run their conferences are proving that adversity really is the mother of invention. They have…

Askia Design Control Gallery

As most of you know, our Christine is an enormously talented individual. Probably the number one person to go to at Askia when you want to know anything about Askia. She is also very helpful and one example of this is that, without any request to do so, she has created a really nice, new gallery of all the Askia Design Controls (ADCs). So now you can browse through all 47 ADCs and run examples to see if they can be a useful & neat way to make…

Askia extends its 2020 Spring Webinar Series

Askia webinar spring extension

These are unprecedented & challenging times. However one positive trend that does seem to be coming through is that there is currently a thirst for online learning. Our last two webinars were the most well attended that we have ever run and so we decided to organise two more. The first one was quite a technical session, all about the use of Askia Design Controls & Askia Design Pages (ADCs & ADPs) encompassing our ADX Studio – a unique place to create your own custom question controls and…