Online Blaise 5 Layout Course in July 2020

Due to the current situation, where most of us work from home and travel is prohibited, we have decided to offer our Blaise 5 Layout Course online via Zoom. Normally, this course takes 4 days, but given that whole days on Zoom will be very exhausting as well as to accommodate as many time zones as possible, the course will be spread out over 8 half-days, most likely afternoons, CEST.

The dates for this course are 7, 9, 13, 14, 16, 20, 21 and 23 July and, as stated above, it will be presented, in English, via Zoom.

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Virtual IBUC 2020 in September

The IBUC Committee is very sorry to announce that the 2020 International Blaise User Conference, scheduled to take place in Limassol, Cyprus will not be held. However, to honor all the preparation conducted by the conference host (The Statistical Service of Cyprus CYSTAT) and all the papers/presentations submitted by the users, a  virtual IBUC 2020  will be hosted in the week of  September 14-17. CBS (Statistics Netherlands) will be the sponsor of this event.

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IBUC 2020 is postponed because of the coronavirus outbreak

Since last week, the conference committee, CBS Blaise leadership and the conference host (The Statistical Service of Cyprus CYSTAT) have been conferring on the consequences of the coronavirus for the IBUC. Today’s meeting led to the unanimous and inevitable decision to postpone the IBUC until November. An earlier date is not possible due to room availability in the hotel.

The new date is November 3rd, 2020. The Pre-Conference Training will take place on November 2nd.

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Blaise 5.7 - The December 2019 release

Version 5.7.1 (build 2248, dated December 18, 2019) has been released.
It can be found in the usual location on our ftp-server.
The 5.7.1 version of the Android App is also available, in the Google Play Store. A 5.7 version of the iOS App will become available early 2020.

This version includes, among others, the following new major features: Randomization, CATI-extensions/improvements, CARI extensions, a dropdown control for set questions, an extension to the DTAP environment, a Navigate TryLeavePageForward Event and deployment events.

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Blaise and Internet Explorer logos

CBS' point of view on the use of the IE browser

CBS' CIO has been asked by the CBS Phoenix program management to take a position on browser usage. "Is the CIO or opinion that CBS is concerned about ensuring proper performance or CAWI questionnaires on outdated browsers at any cost, or will the problem solve itself, as Internet Explorer will be used less and less while Edge will undergo significant improvements?"

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Gaining deeper understanding