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Date:         Fri, 25 Jun 2004 09:37:14 -0400
Reply-To:     "Whitt, Susanne" <SWhitt@hq.odedodea.edu>
Sender:       "SPSSX(r) Discussion" <SPSSX-L@LISTSERV.UGA.EDU>
From:         "Whitt, Susanne" <SWhitt@hq.odedodea.edu>
Subject:      Re: Automatic Data recognition

OR . . . you could avoid data entry altogether by going with the SPSS Data Entry Builder software. We do virtually all our surveys online (though that is only 1 method of collecting data using the Builder), soliciting input from students, staff and parents all over the world. There is no data entry because responses go directly into an SPSS data file. It has reduced our workload, eliminated data entry errors, and vastly reduced our turnaround time. Not to sound like a walking SPSS commercial, but . . . it sure has worked for us! Version 4.0 has greatly improved the program's capabilities.

Susanne Whitt, Ph.D. Research & Evaluation Specialist Dept. of Defense Education Activity 4040 N. Fairfax Drive Arlington, VA 22203 (703) 588-3162 (703) 588-3702 (FAX) swhitt@hq.odedodea.edu

-----Original Message----- From: Doug Fuller [mailto:dfuller@WAYNE.EDU] Sent: Thursday, June 24, 2004 3:33 PM To: SPSSX-L@LISTSERV.UGA.EDU Subject: Re: Automatic Data recognition

>As far as I can see, there are at least four options to do >so: >TeleForm >Remark Office >NCS OpScan >ReadSoft

We use TELEform v6.1 in our lab for the bulk of the automated data entry. Without sounding too much like an unpaid advertisement, the product has a few features I like:

-Form creation and configuration is relatively straightforward -Primary and secondary exports to many popular database formats, as well as an internal export database. -Though we don't use it much at the moment, decent data validation options, including ODBC connectivity.

We do almost 100% numerical entry, as handwritten responses are hand-coded separately. TELEform has 'image zone' functionality, though I'm not familiar with the extent of its capabilities.

Feel free to email me off-list if you want to ask other questions. Hope this helps! -- Doug Fuller dfuller@wayne.edu Research Technician, Wayne State University Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Neurosciences


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