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LimeSurvey®

a quick & dirty overview

Dennis Little Technology Management Partners

DennisLittle.com


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Dennis Little

  • KeyCruncher.com – slides available

  • 9 years experience integrating open source and COTS for SMB & Fortune 500

  • my niche: Technology Translator

  • typically use RedHat/variants or Ubuntu

  • Shameless plug: Dering Consulting Group, Management Consulting & Surveys


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LimeSurvey Overview

  • Founded Feb. 2003 as PHPSurveyor

  • Release v1.80 today

  • v2 in active development

    • AJAX interface

    • CakePHP framework

    • Goals:

      • More modular

      • GUI accessibility


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LimeSurvey Requirements

  • v1.8

  • ~40MB disk space

  • Database:

    • MySQL 4.1+

    • MS SQL 2000+

    • Postgres 7+

  • PHP 4.3.2+


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Requirements continued…

  • PHP modules / libraries:

    • mbstring (localizations)

    • mysql4 or mysql5 PHP library (standard)

    • sessions support (standard)

    • pcre (regular expressions support – standard)

  • Optional:

    • iconv extension library on PHP4 (Excel compat)

    • GD-library (captchas / charts)

    • LDAP-library (tokens based on LDAP)


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How I use LimeSurvey

  • Client satisfaction surveys

  • Prospecting new clients / services

  • Management consulting:

    • Commonwealth of PA:

      • DPW, DOT, Dept of Aging, Gov. Budget Office

    • Chambers of Commerce – member surveys

    • Gannett Fleming

    • Harrisburg Young Professionals

  • Shared LAMP VPS: FC8, 256RAM


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Others using LimeSurvey

  • 2004 presidential election – Verified Voting Foundation

  • Austrian state government

  • Ubuntu – community survey

  • GNOME project – internal survey


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Viability

  • SourceForge ranking of 106 today (activity)

  • Won 1st prize Business Mgmt category @ 2007 Trophees du Libre international


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LimeSurvey Features

  • Unlimited surveys, questions, participants

  • Multi-lingual – 50 languages front/back

  • 20 question types

  • Branching / skip logic

  • Assessment surveys / dynamic feedback

  • Reusable answer / label sets

  • Anonymous / tracked surveys


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LimeSurvey Features…

  • WYSIWYG HTML edits (bold, italics, links)

  • Saved survey, continue later

  • Cookie or session based surveys

  • Templates for survey look & feel

  • Back-office data entry support (paper)

  • Expiration of surveys

  • Import/export CSV, SPSS, Excel

  • User management / one-time use tokens


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LimeSurvey Features…

  • Quotas - only accept so many responses

  • Free, open source software

  • GPL license v2 or later

    • Run for any purpose

    • Modify for any reason

    • Redistribute copies w/ source & mods

    • Improve & re-release w/ source & mods

  • You own the data!


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Limitations

  • Branching does not support an “OR” of multiple questions, only “AND” between questions (v1.7.2)

  • Emails are text-only (helps with SPAM filtering) and can not include attachments


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LimeSurvey Question Types

  • LimeSurvey web site


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Anecdotal Best Practices

  • Notify participants of upcoming survey

  • Convey participant’s importance to success

  • Communicate purpose of survey

  • Assure confidentiality

  • Neutral party encourages candor


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Anecdotal Best Practices

  • Answer: How long will this take?

  • Remind prospects to participate

  • Confirm receipt

  • Follow-up

  • Clearly defined deadline to participate w/ fairly short window

  • Days of the week you send invites, reminders matters


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Demo Sample Survey?

  • Sample survey


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Deployment

  • Download tgz

  • Unpack

  • Edit config.php

  • chmod directories (templates, upload, images)

  • Run installer to create database

  • Delete installer (forced)

  • Login to admin console


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config.php


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Dennis Little

  • KeyCruncher.com - slides download

  • Questions? CPLUG mailing list


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