A few days ago, I mentioned that I really like the philosophy journal wiki, but it would be nice to have more automated system that presents the data in an easier to digest format. I have since been experimenting with various ways to do this, and I think I’ve settled on a method.
The following will do what philosophers want the journal wiki to do. It combines the easy submission style of a survey with the easy data presentation of a spreadsheet.
To get an idea as to how this will work, I ported data about Mind from the philosophy journal wiki and entered it into a Google Spreadsheet. I created a survey form that will add new data to this spreadsheet in the desired order. Below you can see the results. You can also see the survey below the results. Notice that you can click on the “Raw Data” tab to see all of the results.
If people like this method, I could have everything up and running very soon. So…what you you all think?
UPDATE: The really important questions that need to be answered are: Is there any thing about the surveys that should be changed? Is there anything about the data tables that needs to be changed? I don’t want to clone this thing 90+ times without having the format fine-tuned the way people want it.
UPDATE: I’ve been asked about spam bot protection. Google forms doesn’t come built with that, but I think I have something I can do that’s (a) simple for us philosophers, and (b) will help keep the spam bots away. It’s not quite captcha, but the principle is the same.