Supporting every successful survey is a strong data-collection tool.

At the University of Southern California’s Center for Economic and Social Research (CESR), we have developed NubiS, an accessible and versatile software for administering a questionnaire. NubiS:

  • Runs on any server, PC, laptop or netbook, as well as on Android tablets or smartphones.
  • Works with surveys that are self-administered, face-to-face and via telephone (i.e., all traditional modes of data collection).
  • Can collect continuous information from smartphones, tablets or other external devices, such as accelerometers, GPS devices and blood-pressure meters.

Since the start of NubiS’ development in 2014, it has been the foundation of CESR’s Understanding America Study, a panel of thousands of households representing the entire United States. NubiS also has been used in several large-scale longitudinal surveys and other projects around the world.

The foundational software for a survey should be easy to install, program and run – yet not so simple as to elicit only the most rudimentary findings. We think you will find that NubiS provides the underpinnings for data collection of breadth and depth while remaining user friendly, whether you’re a surveyor, researcher or systems administrator. These webpages are part of the second version of NubiS’ documentation, supplanting the initial release in Summer 2015.

NubiS is free software; it may be redistributed and/or modified under the terms of the GNU Lesser General Public License, version 2.1 and later, as published by the Free Software Foundation.

For more information, feel free to contact us. CESR also can help with access to the Understanding America Study’s panel, as well as providing assistance for survey hosting, design and management. To explore NubiS' features just have a look at the demo.

We’re proud NubiS can support the quest for greater knowledge and wish you the best with your surveys.


The NubiS team