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BOS is changing its name to online surveys

Posted: 2nd March 2018

Since the migration of BOS to Jisc in October 2017 we have been embedding the service into Jisc, carrying out essential upgrades, investigating new features and ensuring we continue to deliver business as usual while paving the way for future updates and upgrades. The next stage is to carry out some more visible changes, starting with the service name and […]

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Essential maintenance – 24 Feb 2018

Posted: 16th February 2018

UPDATE: Maintenance scheduled for Saturday 24 February has been postponed. This will be rescheduled.  Our technical team plans to undertake essential maintenance on Saturday 24 February, between 09:00 and 14:00. During this window, it is necessary to take BOS offline for a short period of time. This work is necessary to improve BOS’s performance and […]

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We’ve increased the number of respondent invitation emails you can send

Posted: 19th December 2017

After a successful migration, we’re now looking to the future and thinking about how we can improve the service. We’ve listened to your feedback and have increased the default email limit for BOS’s integrated email tool from 1,000 to 5,000 emails. This means that Project and Organisation account users can now send: 5,000 invitation emails […]

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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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