Blaise 5.3.0 offers a first version of ACASI. This means that it is possible to play audio files in the data entry program(s). Methodologically speaking, it is better if the question is asked in exactly the same way every time. Playing an audio recording makes this possible.
From 27 through 30 November, Statistics Netherlands will organise a Blaise 5 Layout Training, which is a four-day course for Blaise developers. It will specifically focus on how to specify and apply layout using the new tools in Blaise 5.
On June 12-14, 2017, we gave a Blaise 5 Layout training at Statistics Netherlands. About 18 participants spent three days learning about all the new possibilities in Blaise 5. The group of trainees was very international: We had students from Iceland, Macedonia, Finland, Czech Republic, Denmark, Turkey, Italy and Bosnia-Herzogovina.
This article will give an indication of the performance of Blaise 5.2.5. We measure the baseline for performance, because your (local) network is a variable we cannot control. Results will thus be (slightly) higher when you take your network performance into acount.
The 5.2.5 version has now been officialy released. It has build number 126.96.36.1992. You can find it in the official location on our ftp-server. This version includes several new features. The most important of these is MVC, but we have also added a DepApp and StarterKit, and functionality that allows for Accessibility.
My name is Bryan Bungardt, employee at Statistics Netherlands (CBS). Using Blaise 5, I build questionnaires for data collection activities. Since we have started building questionnaires in Blaise 5 about 2 years ago, we have experienced a great improvement in the stability and features of the Blaise 5 suite.