Video tutorial: Converting your Blaise 4 project to Blaise 5

This video tutorial explains how you can convert your Blaise 4 sources to Blaise 5 using the Source converter that is shipped with the system. It goes on to show how you can convert your data from Blaise 4 to Blaise 5 and back using Manipula. Note that this video does not concern itself with the layout of your questionnaires. For that, please check one of our other videos.

Feedback is appreciated, as usual, so feel free to leave a comment on YouTube or Facebook if you can.

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Blaise 5.8 - The June 2020 release

Version 5.8.1 (build 2466, dated June 25, 2020) has been released.
It can be found in the usual location on our ftp-server.
CMA is not yet included in this release, but it will most likely be shipped with the first 5.8 update release. We expect a 5.8 version of the Android and iOS app to be available in their respective stores soon as well. 
New features include a paradata viewer for AuditTrail and CARI data, and a data viewer in the dashboard for data that is present in the surveys handled by the CATI system. Furthermore, Manipula performance has been significantly improved for reading/writing to standard Blaise files, and Setups with AutoRead=Yes without a Manipulate section in general.

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Online Blaise 5 Layout Course in July 2020

Due to the current situation, where most of us work from home and travel is prohibited, we have decided to offer our Blaise 5 Layout Course online via Zoom. Normally, this course takes 4 days, but given that whole days on Zoom will be very exhausting as well as to accommodate as many time zones as possible, the course will be spread out over 8 half-days, most likely afternoons, CEST.

The dates for this course are 7, 9, 13, 14, 16, 20, 21 and 23 July and, as stated above, it will be presented, in English, via Zoom.

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Virtual IBUC 2020 in September

The IBUC Committee is very sorry to announce that the 2020 International Blaise User Conference, scheduled to take place in Limassol, Cyprus will not be held. However, to honor all the preparation conducted by the conference host (The Statistical Service of Cyprus CYSTAT) and all the papers/presentations submitted by the users, a  virtual IBUC 2020  will be hosted in the week of  September 14-17. CBS (Statistics Netherlands) will be the sponsor of this event.

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IBUC 2020 is postponed because of the coronavirus outbreak

Since last week, the conference committee, CBS Blaise leadership and the conference host (The Statistical Service of Cyprus CYSTAT) have been conferring on the consequences of the coronavirus for the IBUC. Today’s meeting led to the unanimous and inevitable decision to postpone the IBUC until November. An earlier date is not possible due to room availability in the hotel.

The new date is November 3rd, 2020. The Pre-Conference Training will take place on November 2nd.

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Blaise 5.7 - The December 2019 release

Version 5.7.1 (build 2248, dated December 18, 2019) has been released.
It can be found in the usual location on our ftp-server.
The 5.7.1 version of the Android App is also available, in the Google Play Store. A 5.7 version of the iOS App will become available early 2020.

This version includes, among others, the following new major features: Randomization, CATI-extensions/improvements, CARI extensions, a dropdown control for set questions, an extension to the DTAP environment, a Navigate TryLeavePageForward Event and deployment events.

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