We need to create an online survey. We want to use free open source software (not Survey Monkey, not Google). Interesting candidate applications include LimeSurvey and JDeSurvey, but we don’t want to install the survey software ourselves.
Do any of you know of anyone providing a service on the web that would allow us to create a survey using FOSS tools?
I don’t know of such a service, but if you pick a Free software web based survey program that only uses the resources available on our shared hosting (PHP, MySQL, Composer, Yarn, Node, git etc) then we could host it for you for £100 a year:
If the setup can be done in less than half an hour we would also install it for you at no cost.
If the application needs a more complex hosting environment (for example if things like Postgres, Java, Ruby or Redis etc are needed…) then a virtual server would be required and the host of that would probably make it a non-viable option.
We’ve used https://surveyjs.io/Overview/Library/ as a front-end survey framework, and it’s also available as a service. If you want it full FOSS you could, for example, save the json responses into Mongo or a PostGres BSON field and query it directly.
We used it because a client needed to be able to create their own surveys, and it comes with an integrated survey builder. One of the main advantages is that the survey builder outputs (and loads) a canonical JSON format that can express pretty much any survey, and has a similarly declarative answer format for each question type.
As a coder, I really like the look of the surveyjs library. But I’m looking for something that allows a non-coder to build the survey. But very interesting to know that this lib is there, for some other time, maybe …
Yes - LimeSurvey looks like it would do the job, but I don’t want to spend time installing it. Ideally, I’d like to find something that is provided by a co-op and is available right now in the cloud for a non-coder to create and deploy a survey. LimeSurvey do offer a hosted option, which we are checking out.