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Apache Software as a SensorTM (Incubating) incorporates components that work together to provide user-experience researchers, project managers and software developers insights about how web tools are used. Applications for this technology include:

  • user workflow modeling and usability testing–understand how users work with web tools to improve human computer interface and user interface design.
  • business analytics–track and understand user behavior that results in sales and visibility.
  • technology modeling–understanding how user behavior affects overall software system performance.
  • education, training, and research–teach, train and assess using with tasks implemented in (virtual) real-world, ubiquitous software environments.

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Apache Software as a Sensor (Incubating) consists of a number of components that facilitate user activity log data capture, retrieval, segmentation and analysis, and visualization, as well as staging your own web-based user testing experiments. All components are designed to work together, but can grow as separate projects:

  • The User Analytic Logging Engine (UserALE) – Collect every user event on your web page or tool, know when it was collected, and see what elements it was directed toward. Select the right version of UserALE below:
    • UserALE.js (the Official Java Script Client for UserALE). Click here for Demo and Documentation.
    • UserALE.pyqt5 (for PyQt5 Desktop applications, ver. 0.1.5, documentation here
  • Distill (download here; ver. 0.1.3, documentation here) – Retrieve user activity logs that matter to you. Make calls to this extensible analytic framework for segments of your log database, compute statistics, and analyze workflows with graph analytics.
  • The Test Application Portal  (TAP) (download here; ver. ) – Register users at your site, keep permissions on who has access to your user data, visualize your results and preform A/B testing against your favorite metrics. TAP is your front-end to an end-to-end Apache Software as a Sensor system.
  • The Subject Tracking and Online User Testing application (STOUT) (download here, ver.) – Conduct your own formal usability testing experiment. Register users anonymously, manage testing, path users through your experimental design, and index other data (e.g., survey data) with anonymous, unique subject identifiers

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Apache Software as a SensorTM (SensSoft) is an effort undergoing incubation at The Apache Software Foundation (ASF). Incubation is required of all newly accepted projects until a further review indicates that the infrastructure, communications, and decision making process have stabilized in a manner consistent with other successful ASF projects. While incubation status is not necessarily a reflection of the completeness or stability of the code, it does indicate that the project has yet to be fully endorsed by the ASF.

 

 

 

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