The CEHD Form Management System (FMS) is a set of web-based tools to
facilitate the collection of data via the web by CEHD faculty, staff, and
students. FMS will collect data from any HTML form and store the data in
a private location associated with a FMS account. The data can then be
browsed through the web or downloaded to a tab-delimited text file
that is compatible with Excel, SPSS, or most similar data oriented
applications. FMS was developed in April, 2000 in order to allow
non-programmers to gather data through the web and has been used by
faculty to collect data from students; several research groups to
collect research related data from people who were both internal and
external to the university; graduate students collecting dissertation
data; and, college staff collecting data from current and former students.
The basic package is available (without charge) to any CEHD faculty member, staff member, or student. This includes a FMS account and a brief demo of how to setup forms. After that, you are on your own.
Customized extensions to FMS have been done for special projects. These types of customized solutions require programmer time and would require a separate agreement that would most likely include monetary remuneration for services. Contact Arlen Strader (firstname.lastname@example.org ) to make an appointment if you would like to discuss such an arrangement.
Examples of customized extensions:
The way it works. You create a web form using your favorite web page editor (eg. DreamWeaver, FrontPage) and then point your form at FMS to collect the data. You then use FMS to organize and retreive the data. In particular,
These steps are all that is required to collect data. However, before opening up your form for use, you should test if thoroughly to make sure that the data for all form fields is stored properly. More advanced options are available, but not required.