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Jan 06, 2003: Sort of New Web-based Card Sorting Tool

Some folks at Brigham Young University have developed WebSort, a web-enabled card-sorting tool that, unlike IBM's EZSort, doesn't exclusively run on Windows. Technical stuff:

"As currently implemented, WebSort requires a Web server that supports the PhP programming language and the Mysql, database. The participant categorization interface is currently implemented in FLASH and requires a FLASH plug-in for the Web Browser."

I didn't see anything about how one actually obtains this tool, but in any case, you can read all about it (and pester the tool's creators) here: http://www.acm.org/chapters/nuchi/2002/09mtg_websort/WebSort.html

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Comment: Josh Penrod (Jan 6, 2003)

Go BYU!

Sorry, I graduated from BYU and I actually interviewed Larry Wood (one of the creators) about usability. He talked a lot about card-sorting, but I didn't know he had this up his sleeve.

Comment: Dey Alexander (Jan 6, 2003)

I've just emailed Larry to see if the software is available online. We should probably give him a few days to reply before all the Bloug readers start pestering him :)

Comment: mike bayquen (Jan 7, 2003)

very nice but can look better!

Comment: Larry Wood (Jan 8, 2003)

Just wanted to clarify things a bit on our WebSort tool. Because we're still in early stages, we've made it available on a server for folks to try. From that we're hoping to learn what would be useful for further development. If it sounds interesting, I suggest you first read the paper Lou refers to at: http://www.acm.org/chapters/nuchi/2002/09mtg_websort/WebSort.html
and then email me for instructions to use it. Also, FWIW, we're working on a new version (isn't everyone?) with enahncements and a better look (:>).

Comment: shayan (Jan 14, 2003)

I am using Card Sorting so i need a tool that can automate the task of sorting the categories of the sort.

Comment: Jed Wood (Feb 3, 2003)

The new sorting interface can be tried at http://www.websort.net Just enter "demo" as the study name. Any feedback is much appreciated.

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