Since the internet has reached a critical mass, we believed that we
could get a great sampling of national opinion through the world wide web.
We created an eighteen question survey to get a better feel for our audience and evaluate our approach for this project. But to do this we needed to get a large diverse group to respond to our
- We contacted websites such as www.cnn.com
or www.space.com to see if they’ll allow us to place a small banner pointing to the survey.
- We posted messages on usenet newsgroups to attract people interested in space to our site.
- We put up a link to the survey on our university’s homepage
(www.utexas.edu) to get an idea of how students feel about the issue.
To keep neutral we did not place the survey on earth2mars.org so we could reduce any possible bias from affecting our survey results. The duration of this survey was approximately four weeks. We used a special tool called coldfusion which is produced by a company named
Allaire. Coldfusion is basically an interface between forms on the web and a database. It’s used to suck information from the surveys and plug it into our database, as well as extracting information from the database to be used online. Coldfusion is the tool of choice to generate websites for the space program, and is currently used by NASA. Any code that we create for our survey can immediately be ported over to NASA’s system so they can continuously survey popular opinion. But why
Coldfusion, why store all the responses into a database?