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The BOS transfer to Jisc: is complete, BOS is live and available!

Posted: 5th October 2017

The transfer of BOS from the University of Bristol to Jisc has taken place successfully. Teams from both organisations have completed the transfer of BOS accounts and data, carried out the necessary tests, and BOS is back online and available for use at www.onlinesurveys.ac.uk All accounts, surveys and data have been transferred, your BOS service […]

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Removal of redirects from old survey URLs

Posted: 7th September 2017

During the winter and spring of 2014/15 we migrated existing accounts from an old version of BOS to the current version of BOS. Part of this change meant that surveys would have new, more personalised, URLs. Old format: http://www.survey.bristol.ac.uk/poppleton/survey-name New format: https://poppleton.onlinesurveys.ac.uk/survey-name To minimise the impact of this change, a redirect was set up from […]

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Transfer to Jisc: FAQs and information

Posted: 9th May 2017

Update: The University of Bristol and Jisc have jointly agreed that the service will not now transfer until 4 October 2017. Please see the FAQs for more information. The University of Bristol has reviewed the range of services it currently offers and has concluded that the BOS service does not fit with its strategic priorities. […]

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Scheduled Maintenance: Tuesday March 14, 8 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Posted: 10th March 2017

We plan to implement an important upgrade to BOS’s infrastructure on Tuesday March 14. This work is necessary to improve performance and capacity ahead of our busy spring period. We expect that BOS will be unavailable for both users and survey participants for a period of time between 8 a.m. and 2 p.m. During this […]

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Ten things you can do in BOS

Posted: 4th December 2015

Whether you are a new BOS user or have been using BOS for a while, you may not have had the chance to explore all of the options available to you.  Here are ten things that you may not know that you can do in BOS: 1. Add documents to your survey for your respondents to view […]

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New Dashboard and Admin tools

Posted: 10th November 2015

In July we let you know that we were working hard to make some changes in BOS that our users have asked for. Last month we announced the introduction of Piping. Today we are happy to announce a raft of new Dashboard and Admin tools. The changes we’ve made vary depending on your account type, […]

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Updated Diffie-Hellman protocol

Posted: 22nd October 2015

We are in the process of updating the Diffie-Hellman protocol on our servers to ensure we provide the best security for all our users and survey respondents. The Diffie-Hellman protocol is part of the process that ensures information transmitted between the BOS servers and another computer (such as that being used by a survey author […]

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Introducing…Piping

Posted: 16th October 2015

Over the summer BOS’s development team has been working hard on a number of new features that our users have asked for. We’re pleased to announce the release of the first of these new features. Introducing…Piping What is Piping? Piping enables a survey’s author to insert answers previously given by a respondent into upcoming questions, […]

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The Safe Harbor decision and BOS

Posted: 14th October 2015

The US-EU Safe Harbor scheme – a framework of data protection standards that allows the transfer of personal data from the EU to certified US organisations – was ruled invalid by the European Court of Justice on October 6, 2015. Some online survey tools have relied on the Safe Harbor agreement to store customer or […]

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What's new in BOS (September 2015)

Posted: 28th September 2015

Recent downtime We would like to thank you for your patience and understanding during the recent scheduled downtime.  We are working on some enhancements to BOS which require some of the underlying structure of the system to be changed.  The only way we can safely make these changes is to make the system unavailable while the […]

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