By Felicia Poe, CDL Assessment, Design & Production Manager

For the past six years, CDL has maintained a license to the WebSurveyor survey software tool, now called "Vovici", and UC campus library staff were given use of the software. CDL’s license expires on October 1, 2007, and it is our intention to transition to a free/low-cost cost web-based survey tool.  Unfortunately, this will impact those campuses that are currently using, or have used in the past, the WebSurveyor/Vovici survey software.

A bit of background: WebSurveyor and Perseus merged to become Vovici a few months ago; the merge has resulted in changes to both the software and the account structure. CDL’s current account with Vovici will expire in October, and we are taking the opportunity to explore different survey tool options. In the past, CDL’s WebSurveyor license allowed us to extend use of the survey software to campus library staff, and we were happy to coordinate usage, offer general advice on survey construction, etc. Moving forward, however, CDL will no longer be able to coordinate or offer survey tools to the campuses. There are many free or low-cost survey tools available online, e.g., SurveyMonkey and Zoomerang, and individual campuses can decide which product best suits their needs.

All current surveys will need to be completed or migrated to new software by September 15, 2007. Additionally, all data that you want to keep will need to be exported to a local campus machine by September 15. In the next week, CDL will be sending out an email to anyone who has an active/inactive survey regarding these changes.

Please note that Vovici has the ability to export to Microsoft Word and Adobe PDF formats. Survey data may be exported to a Comma Separated Values file or a Tab Delimited Text file. You can do all of this from the online interface. The Vovici Help environment has a FAQ with instructions for exporting/downloading.

We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause you or your colleagues, and will work to notify anyone who might be impacted by this transition.

Questions about this change should be directed to Felicia Poe (felicia.poe@ucop.edu).