[Linux-aus] Information surrounding the upcoming Linux Australia Member Survey 2013

Linux Australia Secretary secretary at linux.org.au
Sat Oct 19 14:29:51 EST 2013

Dear Community,

You're receiving this email because you are a member of linux-aus 
mailing list (this list). This means you may or may not be a member of 
Linux Australia. This is the second notification that we are preparing 
to administer a Member Survey in 2013 and it provides some preliminary 
information around the survey and some of the types of questions you may 
expect to see on the survey, so that they do not come as a surprise.

Please take a few moments of your time to read through the information.

1. Are your member details correct?
If not, please make them so :-)  Not a member? Join today, it's free.

2. The Member Survey will be sent from surveys at acspri.org.au
Linux Australia has chosen to partner with ACSPRI - the Australian 
Consortium for Social and Political Research Incorporated. ACSPRI 
specialise in open source software, and make major commits to projects 
such as Lime Survey. We have much in common. ACSPRI works with many 
universities on survey and statistical projects and provides survey and 
statistical training to member organisations. Please ensure that 
surveys at acspri.org.au is not in your spam list.

3. You will receive three and possibly more reminders to do the survey
If the survey is not completed within a few days of receipt, reminder 
notices will be sent. We will send up to three reminder notices, and 
then depending on response rate may send more. Bounces will be tracked 
so we can clean up MemberDB (refer #1 - update your member details).

4. There will be questions related to age, gender, employment status and 
geographic location. All questions are optional.
Yes, we know this will be contentious, but in order to get a better feel 
for our membership 'lifecyle', we need to have a better handle on where 
we focus efforts. For instance, do we do more investment in high 
schools, TAFEs and universities? Do we need to do reach out to retiree 
groups to provide them with the benefits of open source software? Are 
there regional clusters that would benefit from special attention? 
Gender will be a plain text field, as recommended best practice from 
relevant groups. Again, all questions are optional - if you do not wish 
to respond to a question then you are not required to.  There will be an 
open field for you to share other feedback.

5. The survey will take approximately 10 minutes to complete.
It's not long. Honest, you spend more time waiting for good coffee :-)

6. The survey will be conducted using open source software.
There will be no identifying information stored. A 'completed' flag is 
stored, but it is in a separate table. You can view the Lime Survey 
source to verify this.

Again, on behalf of the Council and ACSPRI we thank you in advance for 
making the Linux Australian Member Survey 2013 a successful input into 
the organisation's future direction.

Kind regards,

Kathy Reid
Linux Australia

secretary at linux.org.au

Linux Australia Inc
GPO Box 4788
Sydney NSW 2001

ABN 56 987 117 479

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