Tech Topics

2019 Suggested Technology (Hard Tech) Topics

Tech Showcase, and Focused Technology Sessions

Organizers once again plan to host a Tech Showcase – multiple simultaneous “booth style” presentations to share recent survey technology innovations. Please submit an abstract describing your Tech Showcase idea, including information about any space or AV requirements. Please note that other technology presentations, panels or round tables will not be presented during the Tech Showcase to allow all interested attendees the flexibility to attend.

If you would like to volunteer to present a workshop or “focused technology” session, please contact a Tech Program Team Member, Chris Benson, or Chris Corey to discuss your idea. Focused Technology Sessions typically last about one hour and fifteen minutes and provide an in-depth, hands-on type of training for Tech conference attendees.

More Suggested Tech Topics
Data Collection Systems, Software, and Devices
  • Mobile and web survey hosting: optimizing instruments across multiple devices, incorporating multimedia
  • Integrating wearable technology and sensors
  • Multi-mode survey systems: authoring tools, data collection implementations, challenges
  • The universe of mobile devices: native code versus device-independent solutions, portability versus performance
  • International data collection: technological challenges and successes, language support
  • Survey languages, platforms, and systems
  • Open source software: data collection applications; use, development and challenges of open source software
  • Automated questionnaire development
  • Section 508, WCAG, content-accessibility compliance
Data Management and Reporting
  • Administrative Data and Social Media Data Management
  • Tools and techniques for data management or integration of multiple data sources
  • Survey metadata standards and tools, Data Documentation Initiative (DDI)
  • Paradata: collection, management, uses, responsive and adaptive design
  • Data visualization and reporting
  • Tagged databases for unstructured data; non-relational; NoSQL
Tech Infrastructure and Tools
  • New methods for questionnaire and systems testing: integrated testing, automated testing methods, machine-learning, and artificial intelligence
  • Challenges imposed by organization size or budget restrictions
  • Call center infrastructure: maintenance and improvements, on-premises versus cloud, centralized location versus remote callers, IVR
  • Mapping technologies for survey and field: mapping services, GPS, GIS, and drones
  • Multimedia: use in surveys, quality control, e-learning systems
  • Tools for response coding: new technologies and procedures
  • JavaScript development tricks
  • Leveraging software as a service (SaaS) and/or platform as a service (PaaS) in survey operations
Data Security
  • Environments including cloud computing
  • Field technology, securing field data collection
  • Vetting and monitoring vendors
  • Compliance with security standards