Data Collection Guidelines
Often, you may require to collect certain types of data or information from your user base and forms are used extensively to achieve this end. Alternatively, depending on the nature and complexity of your data collection needs, web applications may be also be used.
Regardless of whether specialized web applications or simple forms are used to collect data from your end users, these need to be well thought out and planned. The underlying principle when planning for data collection is to keep the format of the data collection process simple but consistent. The user should have an intuitive sense of what information you require of them.
When preparing your data collection for submission to the website developer at Webmobyle, follow these simple guidelines.
Provide specific details about the data requirementsSpecifics are crucial for this exercise. Just how much detail would you like to request from the user. for example is it enough to know that the user is from Africa, or you would also like to know if English is their first language, and if is a second language, is it important to you that you know what that particular language is?
Specify whether some attributes of interest are optional or requiredAt times, you may be interested in knowing a certain aspect of the data but it is not crucial that this piece of information be made available to you. It therefore becomes important that you specify whether an attribute is optional or required. If an attribute is required, the user will not be able to submit the form unless they provide that particular data.
Provide an idea of the workflow you would like for the user experienceSequence is also an important aspect of this exercise. In what order would you like to collect the data. For example, will you request for informative data before personal data or vice versa?