MINNEAPOLIS, MN - October 8th, 2012
Colectica® is a suite of modern metadata management software that is used to document public opinion and survey research methodologies and data. There is often inadequate transparency of research methods when results of opinion polls and behavioral science research are disseminated. Colectica allows organizations to increase their openness and credibility through standardized documentation of their data collection, research process and resulting data. The software is compatible with leading open standards including the Data Documentation Initiative version 3 and ISO 11179. Using this software allows survey organizations to both better educate survey sponsors and the public on their methodology and increases the organization’s reputation for performing credible scientific research.
“Using Open Standards to describe survey methodologies and resulting datasets can dramatically increase the expressiveness of an organization’s data.” said Dan Smith, a Partner at Colectica. He added “These XML based standards allow comparison of research done by different institutions, leading to greater comparability of surveys and polls. Using Open Standards to describe the processes used to gather the data also gives more credibility to the organization performing the research.”
Colectica version 4 adds a new Colectica RDF Services that allows publishing survey information as linked data on the semantic web. Publishing structured data, such as that created by Colectica, allows the descriptions of survey research to be interlinked. It enables data from different sources to be connected and queried, and become more useful. Colectica 4 also adds a new Workflow Service which allows an organization to manage the publication of its data documentation.
Colectica consists of several software tools. Colectica Designer enables documenting of survey methodologies, survey instruments, questions, variables, and datasets. Colectica Repository manages changes to the recorded information and allows multiple people and groups to work together. Colectica Portal allows for publication of this recorded information on the web. All of these products use Open Standards to allow for interoperability with other vendors tools. Colectica products, training, and customized solutions are available through www.colectica.com .