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Responsen importeren

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Inleiding

De functie importeer responsen dient om oude responsen/reacties in de Respons-tabel te importeren. Je zou het kunnen gebruiken:

  • als je de enquête op meerdere LimeSurvey-installaties hebt gehouden en ze nu op een installatie wil samenvoegen.
  • als bijvoorbeeld sommige vragen niet het juiste type hebben. Omdat je in LimeSurvey het vraagtype niet kunt wijzigen als de enquête actief is moet je de enquête deactiveren. De al aanwezige responsen worden dan in een aparte tabel gezet. Na het corrigeren van het vraagtype kun je de enquête weer activeren en deze responsen weer importeren uit die tabel.
  • als je meerdere regels batchgewijs wilt bewerken met spreadsheet-software en ze later opnieuw wilt importeren in LimeSurvey. Bijvoorbeeld om de opgeslagen responsen te wijzigen vanwege de aanpassingen in de enquête.


De functie staat in de taakbalk onder Responsen & statistieken (weergegeven op een enquêtegerelateerd panel), klik vervolgens op Responsen:


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The default page, Response summary will be loaded. Now, look for the Import option located on the top top toolbar:


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Two import options are available:


Importeren

Responsen importeren uit een gedeactiveerde enquêtetabel

Once clicked on Import responses from a deactivated survey table, the following page will be loaded:


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Two options are selectable on this page:

  • Source table: select the table you wish to export. Please note that the tables can be located in either under the compatible tab or under the compatible with type coercion tab. Please continue reading below to understand what the last option is as well as the possible risks of type coercing a response table.
  • Import timings (if exist): timings are not displayed in the response table but in the timings table. If enabled, the timings will also be imported.


Help.pngTo use timings, please enable this feature from here.


In the second part of the page, a warning message is displayed stating how compatibility is determine between two response tables (between the current one and the old/second one).


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Warning :

You can import all old responses that are compatible with your current survey. Compatibility is determined by comparing column types and names, the ID field being always ignored.

Using type coercion may break your data; use with care or not at all if possible.

LimeSurvey detects and handles the following changes:

  • Question is moved to another group (result is imported correctly).
  • Question is removed from target (result is ignored).
  • Question is added to target (result is set to database default value).


Importeer een VV-enquête-bestand

If you click the Import a VV survey file button, the following page will be loaded:


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  • Response data file: select the file to be uploaded from your machine. The accepted file formats are : *.csv, *.vv, *.txt.


Help.pngAs long as the first two lines are intact, you can import your vv survey file back into an active LimeSurvey survey.


  • Exclude record IDs?: if 'id' column exist in the file you can exclude this line or not. If this setting is checked then a new record is added for each line of the .vv file. If unchecked you can choose:


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  • When an imported record matches an existing record ID (displayed if exclude record IDs is disabled, see the above screenshot):
    • skip: report and skip the new record. After upload you will see if the record already existed - if it did it's not imported.
    • renumber: renumber the new record. A new record is added to the response table with answer of the VV file.
    • replace: replace the existing record. The old record is deleted and completely replaced by the record from the VV file.
    • replace answer: replace response details from the vv file into the existing record. The old record is updated with the new response from the VV file.
  • Import as not finalized response?: if checked, the submitdate is set to NULL - the response is set to not completed.
  • Character set of the file: you can choose the character set of the file - the default and recommended value is UTF-8 but some spreadsheet program don't allow to choose a character set.
  • First line contains question codes: iy default, VV file's first line contains the human readable question, the real column names being located on the second line. Basically, the first line contains the real column names.
  • Force import: if the question codes are not found in the database name or in Qcode Variable Naming, then columns are assigned depending of order. This can be used to import the VV file from different LimeSurvey instance. Regardless of this, each survey must be exactly the same. We strongly recommend to use this option only if you know what you are doing. It can be very dangerous - the results can end up in the wrong column.


Potential issues & solutions with the VV file

If you used Microsoft Excel to edit the exported vv file, the data structure of this file may be corrupted, so LimeSurvey is not able to import the edited file. You can try the following workaround to get the import working without an error:

  1. Open your exported vv file in Excel and do your edits.
  2. Save it as tab-separated text file (it creates a new file with the extension .txt).
  3. Do another "clean" vv export from LimeSurvey.
  4. Open this new exported vv file with a text editor like notepad (or anything similar).
  5. Press CTRL + A to mark all of the content and delete it.
  6. Open the Excel edited vv file (the tab separated .txt file) with a text editor and press CTRL + A to mark all the content.
  7. Press CTRL + C to copy the content and paste it into the new (now empty) vv file.
  8. Press CTRL + S to save the file as it is (in .csv format).
  9. Try now to import this file.


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Attention : Possible import errors include date format - some system date fields do not allow a NULL value, some do. If the date looks okay but gives an error, use the Excel cell format "2009-12-01".


Help.pngFor other problems & solutions related to the export and import functionalities provided by LimeSurvey, please check the following wiki section. In the case in which you found a bug or something is not working properly/as described in the manual, please open a ticket (via your limesurvey.org administration panel), create a forum post, or submit directly a bug report on our bugs tracker.