Reading and writing external data, online coding and data manipulation
For classifications, Blaise supports three coding methods: alphabetical, hierarchical and trigram coding. You can define or link classification systems to perform coding online during a data entry session.
Datalink procedures are available to communicate with various external data formats. For example, when running the Blaise data entry program, entered and edited survey forms can be stored in an Oracle or SQL server database.
Data manipulation and data entry can both be combined with external DLL routines. These and other applications can be performed during the data entry session, but they can also be done afterwards. In many organisations, user-made applications made in the Manipula language are used for auto-coding, checking plausibility and validity or to clean data, or simply to prepare data files for analysis.