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Virtual Assisted Self Interviewing (VASI): An Expansion of Survey Data Collection Methods to Virtual Worlds by Means of VDCI


Mark W. Bell


Indiana University Bloomington - Department of Telecommunications

Edward Castronova


Indiana University Bloomington - Department of Telecommunications

Gert G. Wagner


German Institute for Economic Research (DIW Berlin); Berlin University of Technology; German Socio-Economic Panel Study (SOEP)

July 30, 2008


Abstract:     
Changes in communication technology have allowed for the expansion of data collection modes in survey research. The proliferation of the computer has allowed the creation of web and computer assisted auto-interview data collection modes. Virtual worlds are a new application of computer technology that once again expands the data collection modes by VASI (Virtual Assisted Self Interviewing). The Virtual Data Collection Interface (VDCI) developed at Indiana University in collaboration with the German Socio-Economic Panel Study (SOEP) allows survey researchers access to the population of virtual worlds in fully immersive Heads-up Display (HUD)-based survey instruments. This expansion needs careful consideration for its applicability to the researcher’s question but offers a high level of data integrity and expanded survey availability and automation. Current open questions on the VASI method concern the optimal sampling frame and sampling procedures within a virtual world like Second Life (SL). Further multimodal studies are proposed to aid in evaluating the VDCI and placing it in the context of other data collection modes.

Number of Pages in PDF File: 24

Keywords: Interviewing Mode, PAPI, CAPI, CASI, VASI, VDCI, Second Life

JEL Classification: C81, C88, C93, Y8

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Date posted: July 31, 2008 ; Last revised: October 3, 2009

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Bell, Mark W. and Castronova, Edward and Wagner, Gert G., Virtual Assisted Self Interviewing (VASI): An Expansion of Survey Data Collection Methods to Virtual Worlds by Means of VDCI (July 30, 2008). Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=1188562 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1188562

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Mark W. Bell (Contact Author)
Indiana University Bloomington - Department of Telecommunications ( email )
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Edward Castronova
Indiana University Bloomington - Department of Telecommunications ( email )
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