ESM & Mobile Sensing Solutions: Feature Table
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formrTellmimovisensXSenketoWufooSurveymonkeyUnipark/Questback/EFS SurveyQualtricsExperienceSamplermEMAPacoSosciSurvey / SurveySignal / DiariofunfPurple RobotawareLifeDataMETRICWireOHmageConcertoREDcapBeiwemobileQPIEL SurveySEMA3WEXTORm-PathROQUAu-can-act platform
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Developer, Company/InstitutionResearchers and developers at University of Goettingen, University of Muenster, and Max Planck Institute for Human Development, BerlinMovisens GmbH KarlsruheQuestback GmbH Kölnsoon SAPilumivuPaco Developers,
Google Inc.
SoSci Survey GmbHBehavio Team (part of Google)audaciouscode (Chris Karr)University of Oulu (Finland)LifeData, LLC.MetricWire Inc.Onnela Lab, Harvard UniversityKU LeuvenDeveloped by researchers at Australian Catholic University, University of Melburne, and Orygen-The National Centre of Excellence in Youth Mental Health, in collaboration with Boosted Human. Now maintained at the University of Melbourne. Ulf-Dietrich Reips, University of KonstanzKU LeuvenROQUA, University Medical Centre Groningen (UMCG)University of Groningen
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Actively maintainedLast Github commit: 10-04-2020
Last support activity: 02-07-2019
Yes (but repository not public yet)+Last GitHub commit for Android core:
12-01-2016
Last GitHub commit: 03-07-2018Last GitHub commit: 09-11-2018+++++++++
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Costfree, hosted or selfhostedfree (the software, hosting at LMU)free up to 10 responders for students, paid from 500€ bundles, pay-per-item-resultlimited free hosted plan, paid from $19-149/monthextremely limited free hosted plan, paid from $15-200/month, payment per entryextremely limited free hosted plan, paid from €25-800/month, entry limits applyextremely limited free 2 week trial, paid from €30-359/monthfree up to 100 responses, paid from 300$/yearfree (the software)e.g. professional $7,250/yearfreeown server: free up to 5.000 particiants;
cloud solution: 12 months/6.000 participants = 499 € net
freefreefree3.480 $/year?free for academic and commercial usefreefreefree for academic useFree for all users.
SEMA3 are open to accepting donations or to be consider in grant applications to help update and maintain the application.
free, with optional licenses for comfort featurescurrently for freeNot free, costs upon requestfree,open source
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Licenseopen (freeBSD licence)open (not yet available)closed-sourceopen (Apache licence), but limited featuresclosed-sourceclosed-sourceclosed-sourceclosed-sourceopenclosed-sourcesoftware: Apache License 2.0,
app: © 2010 Google, Inc.
only for research use; closed-sorceGNU General Public
License v3.0
Apache Software License 2.0closed-sourceclosed-sourceopenopenonly for non-commercial research purposesOpen-source (3-clause BSD license)Open-source (not yet released, planned for Q4/2019)Open-source (not yet released)closed-sourceclosed-sourceOpen-source (not yet released)open source
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Platformany (browser-based)Android, iOSresearcher-supplied Android onlyany (browser-based)any (browser-based)any (browser-based)any (browser-based)any (browser-based)Android, iOSAndroid, iOSAndroid, iOS (limited functionality)browser-based AndroidAndroidAndroidAndroid, iOSAndroid, iOSweb-basedAndroidAndroid, iOSweb-basedAndroid, iOSany (browser-based)web-based
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Mobile native-++--++++-+++++++++Responsive webpage
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App installation required for mobilenoyesnoyesnoyesyesyes++++++++nono
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Browser-based/computer-enabled+--++++-web interfaceweb interfaceweb interface-scripting environment exposed via an HTTP API-web interface- ?+-web interface to create surveys but only mobile for testing +++
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Surveys+++++++++++++-+++++++++++++
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Experience sampling methods+++----++++--+ (Plugin)+++++++++
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Offline-capable (mobile)-+++??--++data has to be uploaded at some time-+-++?++the user can answer questions offline, but notifications or reminders cannot be received by the user--
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Diaries+++----+++-++-+++
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Mobile Sensing- (not yet)- (not yet)?/++GPS, accelerometer, in-phone sensors, ambient light, ambient sound, app usage, location information, phone details (make, model, carrier), apps installed, accessibility eventsonly with embedded JavaScript+++GPSGPS+ personal location tracking and activity classification (e.g. still, walking, running, etc.)+-----
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Send Emails/SMS+/+-/--/+-/-+/--/-?+/+-+++++/----++
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Send Push NotificationsWIP+++++-++++-++-
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Feedback+ (any, using R)not yet-- (maybe using skip logic)---+++++-+++~
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mobile-ready layout++++??++++++ (responsive layout)+++++++++++
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WYSIWYG surveys-not yet+-+?++-+++-First prototype is under development
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power-user surveys+ (table-based)?-+ (table-based)-------
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encryption+ (SSL)+ (SSL)++ (SSL)+ (SSL)+ (SSL)+(TSL)
++depends on hostingdepends on hosting; for cloud SSL usedOne-way hashing and encryption for sensitive data; Encryption of locally stored database files+++ (SSL)+ SSLTLS (Only communication)One-way hashing and encryption for sensitive data; Encryption of locally stored database files+Communication (TLS) and local storage on phones (AES)+ (SSL)depends on hosting. SSL is generally used, together with encryption at rest for the databases
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conditional questions+ (any, using R)+++++++++++-+++++++++
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include files in surveyimages, audio, videolimited (images work)++++++++++-++ ?++--+++-
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capture camera output- (mobile only)-+---?+++-+++--+/---
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geolocation+- (not yet)++ (+ maps)--+++++only with embedded JavaScript+++++++--+---
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randomisation++ (using R)?-+++++++-+++++--
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customise text+ (anything goes)+?--?+ ("piping" only)++++questions can be customized+ (e.g. piping)-+++-+++++
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Gamificationbuild your own-+(+)----+--+
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Measure reaction times/Show precisely timed stimuli/lab tasks on the webReaction times stored automatically
Other tasks possible with lab.js/js.psych embedding
+/-/-+ in ms++-+
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Self-Initiated Answers++-++?+Under development+
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Server Locationformr.org is hosted at the Georg-August-Universität Göttingen, self-hosting anywhere possibleself-hosted? // currently at LMUUSAGermany, USANorth America, Europe, Australiaself-hostedUSUS or self-hostedGermany or self-hostedself-hostedself-hostedself-hostedself-hosted, orUniversity of Missouri-Kansas CityPlattform: AWS --> location changeableKU Leuven, BelgiumUniversity of Melbourne, Australia Germany, SpainKU Leuven, BelgiumUniversity of Groningen, Groningen, The NetherlandsCan be determined by the person hosting it
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Multiuser interactivityOnly through 3rd party sites+-+----+
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Technical SupportMailinglist and issue tracker on Githublimited24/7 (Live Rep), Online, Business Hours24/7 (Live Rep), Online, Business Hoursemail suport during business hoursMailinglist,
issue tracker
GitHub
forum and documentationissue tracker GitHubissue tracker GitHub; e-mail Chirs Karrissue tracker GitHub; tutorials; documentation; Slack channelvideos, ebooks, supportsupportGitHub issue tracker, Wikivideos; paper; faq; community forumemail support and video tutorialssupport, FAQ, mailinglist, mail formvideo tutorialsROQUA teamemail + slack
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complexity factor +++++-+++--++++++?Simple very simple++/-+
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further informationby now (12-11-19) not in agreement with EU-US Privacy Shield;
participants need a Google email
barrier-free surveys are possiblepurpose built for ESM/EMA and daily diary studies; very flexible calendar-style survey scheduler. geared towards eperiments, not ESMOptimized for client practitioner interactionsQuestionnaire programming by RoQua team only.open source code: https://github.com/compsy/u-can-act, publication on u-can-act platform performance: https://www.frontiersin.org/articles/10.3389/fpsyg.2019.01808/full , research project that developed app: u-can-act.nl , EU GDPR compliant
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