IBM SPSS Data Collection Author

Create compelling, visually appealing surveys that participants will want to complete

  • Overview
  • Features and Benefits
  • System Requirements

IBM® SPSS® Data Collection Author (formerly PASW® Data Collection Author), with its intuitive GUI and intelligent Wizards, makes it easy to create simple or complex surveys.

IBM SPSS Data Collection Author offers powerful functionality for creating attractive and penetrating surveys, with complete control over the creative process. The software is available in desktop or multi-user server editions.

  • Drag-and-drop survey construction with an easy to use, intuitive interface
  • Intelligent Wizards that guide you through the survey creation process
  • Deployment in any language or any mode (Web, telephone, or through a mobile device such as a tablet)
  • Incorporate sophisticated routings using if, go-to, skip and fill commands, or through list filtering, randomization, and rotation
  • Use responses to guide what questions are asked and what lists of answers are presented, as well as what survey sections appear, and in what order.
  • Advanced previewing and testing capabilities, including the ability to generate test data
  • Surveys are coded to your analytical specifications and the survey logic is enforced to eliminate the need for data cleansing, making it easy to deliver insight to decision-makers quickly

IBM® SPSS® Data Collection Author, one of the authoring tools in the IBM SPSS Data Collection suite, enables marketers and survey professionals to create visually appealing surveys – with the ability to incorporate sophisticated routings and logic that encourages respondents to complete the survey.

A survey created with IBM SPSS Data Collection Author can be deployed in any mode and in any language – it is no longer necessary to create, manage and track different surveys for each deployment mode, language or both.

The powerful functionality of IBM SPSS Data Collection Author is available in Desktop and Server editions.

A guided approach to survey excellence

  • Work in a familiar intuitive interface
  • Use intelligent Wizards that guide you through the entire survey process, from survey authoring to reporting, or create your own with IBM SPSS Author Professional
  • Customize example questionnaires and templates, or create your own
  • Incorporate corporate style elements for consistent look-and-feel
  • Ensure the look and feel of a survey is designed to increase respondent rates by re-using or modifying your own templates, or any inbuilt or customized templates
  • Create lists that can be shared across multiple questionnaires and re-sued time and time again
  • Preview and test surveys before they are launched to view what respondents would see
  • Prepare for fast, easy reporting during survey creation by setting up analysis specifications such as analysis labels, top two boxes, or means responses
Easy to navigate for interviewers
Preview questionnaire before you go live

Preview questionnaire before you go live

Easy to navigate for interviewers
Easily enter logic and routing

Easily enter logic and routing

Methodology to suit all surveys

  • Tailor questions and phrasing to suit the Data Collection channel(s) you choose
  • Easily create both simple and sophisticated surveys
  • Include visual or interactive questions using sliders or calendars

Collaborate and share efficiencies

  • Collaborate across the enterprise with IBM SPSS Collaboration and Deployment Services to eliminate duplication and inconsistencies while increasing survey creation efficiencies
  • Extend operational efficiency and data consistency
  • Share best practice and expert survey creation skills

NEW in IBM SPSS Data Collection 6!

IBM SPSS Data Collection Author Server

IBM SPSS Data Collection Author Server delivers all the advanced features and functions of the Desktop edition Web-based environment.

  • Allows multiple users to create and deploy surveys
  • Use role-based rules to control who can access the system, which surveys, and what tasks they can perform
  • Manage customized files with the IBM SPSS Data Collection Publish Assets Utility
  • Single Sign-on – IBM SPSS Data Collection applications now support LDAP single sign-on:
    • Improve usability and user efficiency
    • Users enter credentials in one place for all applications
    • Reduce "password fatigue"
    • Simplify and streamline user management
    • Enforce tighter data and system security policies
    • Centralized compliance reporting

What’s new in IBM SPSS Data Collection Author

Highlights

  • Role-based access – Customize and manage the tasks assigned users. Role-based access restricts users from viewing, editing, or adding to a survey without proper privileges. Role- based access is implemented on both the Desktop and Server editions of IBM SPSS Data Collection Author when projects are located on IBM SPSS Data Collection Interviewer Server Administration
  • Hierarchical data (unbounded loops) – Create unbounded loops for iterations based on a response to a preceding numeric question (e.g., to collect household, doctor, patient, and treatment data)
  • Hierarchical data (database questions) – Create single response, multiple response, and loop questions where the category lists are generated by a connection to an external database, ensuring that lists are standardised and always consistent, and can easily be updated
  • "If block" routing – Create complex logical routings using the conditional statements If, Else If, and Else.
  • Project templates – Save complex project settings to templates that make it easier to create and configure projects:
    • Save a project, including all associated files and settings, including any special sample management setting, as a project template that can be used again and again for different surveys
    • Create a new project based on the files and settings of an existing project template
    • Store and access project templates from an IBM SPSS Data Collection Interviewer Server, IBM SPSS Collaboration and Deployment Services, or a local directory or library

Read more about all the enhancements to IBM SPSS Data Collection 6.


Data Collection Author

  • Operating System and Software:
    • 32-bit or 64-bit version of Microsoft® Windows® 7 or Windows Vista®, with
    • Microsoft Internet Explorer 7.0 or above
    • Microsoft .NET Framework 3.5 SP1
  • OR
    • 32-bit version of Microsoft Windows XP Professional with Service Pack 3 and
    • Microsoft Data Access Components (MDAC) 2.8 or later (supplied)
    • Microsoft Internet Explorer 6.0 or above
    • Microsoft .NET Framework 3.5 SP1
    • Web Services Enhancements (WSE) 2.0 SP3 required to use Repository (supplied)
  • Hardware:
    • Processor: Intel® Pentium®-class processor operating at 1 GHz or faster; 2 GHz or faster recommended
    • Memory: 512 MB RAM minimum; 1 GB or more recommended
    • Disk space: 200 MB minimum
    • Display: 1024 x 768 or higher-resolution graphics adapter, supporting minimum 16-bit color quality
    • CD-ROM drive for installation

IBM SPSS Data Collection Author Server

  • Operating System and Software
    • A 32-bit or 64-bit version of Microsoft® Windows® Server™ 2003 or 2008 Standard or Enterprise Edition with Service Pack 2
    • Microsoft .NET Framework 3.5 SP1
    • Microsoft Internet Explorer 6 or above. Microsoft XML 4.0 SP2 add-in required. If you do not have the MS XML 4 SP2 add-in installed, it will be installed during the IBM SPSS Data Collection Author Server installation. However, client end users must install Microsoft XML 4.0 SP2 manually.
    • Microsoft Data Access Components (MDAC) 2.8 or later (supplied). English-language version automatically installed; other language versions require installation.
    • Microsoft Visual C++ 2008 Redistributable Package (x86 32-bit)
  • Hardware
    • Processor: Intel® Pentium®-class processor operating at 1 GHz or faster; 2 GHz or faster recommended
    • Memory: 512 MB RAM minimum; 2 GB or more recommended
    • Disk space: 200 MB minimum
    • Display: 1024 x 768 or higher-resolution graphics adaptor, supporting minimum 16-bit color quality
    • DVD-ROM drive for installation
  • Additional Software
    • Microsoft Internet Information Server (IIS) 6.0, with ASP.NET option
    • Microsoft SQL Server 2005 or 2008 (32- or 64-bit)
    • Microsoft Office Web Components version 10 or later must be installed on the Server (required for displaying charts)
    • RMS Sentinel™ License Manager 8.1 or later (supplied)

Note: Server applications are not supported on Vista®.

Server Client

  • Operating System and Software
    • 32-bit or 64-bit version of Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate Edition or Windows Vista
    • Microsoft Internet Explorer 7 or above with MS XML 4.0 SP2 add-in required. Client end users must install Microsoft XML 4.0 SP2 manually.
    • Microsoft .NET Framework 3.5 SP1
  • OR
    • 32-bit version of Microsoft Windows XP Professional with Service Pack 3, and
    • Microsoft Data Access Components (MDAC) 2.8 or later (supplied)
    • Microsoft Internet Explorer 6.0 or above with MS XML 4.0 SP2 add-in required. Client end users must install Microsoft XML 4.0 SP2 manually.
    • Microsoft .NET Framework 3.5 SP1
  • Additional Hardware
    • Display: 1024 x 768 or higher-resolution graphics adaptor, supporting minimum 16-bit color quality
    • Disk space: 50 MB minimum
    • DVD-ROM drive for installation
  • Additional Software
    • Microsoft Office 2000, XP, 2003, or 2007 (required for exporting to Microsoft Word, Excel®, or PowerPoint®, or as HTML). For Microsoft Office 2000 or XP, Service Pack 3 or later is required; for Microsoft Office 2003, Service Pack 2 or later is required (with Office 2003 update KB907417).
    • Microsoft Office Web Components version 10 or later must be installed (required for displaying charts).
    • Microsoft Visual C++ 2008 Redistributable Package (x86 32-bit)

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