This is a data collection utility which provides a way to gather web survey responses into a database for later download as a tab-delimited file. This is designed as a self-service application allowing anyone to register a form and begin collecting data with a few minor form changes. The data collected from your form is password protected and you can download it, purge the database, or unregister your form and delete the data any time you wish.
In order to make it easier to properly setup your forms to work with the data collector, we've added a program to verify your form configuration. The procedure for using this program is described under Testing in the instructions that follow on this page.
When a form has checkbox fields that allow multiple selections, data submitted for these fields is translated into a comma-delimited list of values.
Only tab-delimted download format available.
The tutorial data is in this format:
Field 1: Name, text, 30 characters
Field 2: Address1, text, 30 characters
Field 3: Address2, text, 30 characters
Field 4: Options, checkbox (multi-valued field)
Field 5: Description, textarea
When you register your form, The system will generate a form ID and password which will be sent to you in an email message. The message will also describe the changes that you will need to make to your form for it to work with the data collector.
There are two steps to testing your form:
To verify that you've properly configured your form, change the form action line to point the form at "http://webtools.swarthmore.edu/cgi-bin/Verify". The Verify program will check that your form is properly configured to work with the data collector.
Point your form back at the Collect program and then run through several iterations of data collection with your form to verify that the data is being collected as you expect. Be sure to test submitting a blank form and leaving random fields blank.
Download the data and check that the results meet your requirements. After you complete your test, purge the test data.
Begin the data collection process. There is no practical limit to how much data you can collect or for how long.
Retrieve the collected data whenever you choose - even in the middle of the data collection period (though take note that you can only retrieve all of the data for the form, not new submissions since the last download). The download format, a tab-delimited file, is easily imported into the data analysis tool of your choice.
Use this option if you wish to clear test data or to begin a new data collection cycle.
When you are finished using the system, please delete your form and the associated data from the system. You will not be prompted to download your data when you choose this option, so, if you do wish to retain a copy of your data, download the data before purging it from the system.