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Copyright (C) 2009, 2011 Eric Fimbel. Contact : basicLabBook@gmail.com. See license terms at bottom
Tecnalia - Fatronik supports this open source software since January 2010
New features: predefined templates of procedures, edition of template.
Previous versions: bottom of page (All Downloads)
Templates of procedures: bottom of page (All Downloads)
Installation: unzip the download in any directory.
Uninstallation: delete the installation directory.
An experiment is a procedure, i.e., a sequence of steps. If the experiment is reproduced (e.g., with several participants), the steps must be identical.
In Basic Experimenter, each step is materialized by a file: document to view, print or read aloud, checklist, data to fill on line...
At the end of the experiment, some of these files may contain new data (e.g., information on participant), other files are static (like the documents to print or the consign to read aloud).
However every file is necessary to document the experiment, whether the file contains data or not.
At the end of the experiment, the data from different sources (e.g., different computers or programs) is copied in directory. Then everything is backuped together: program, files and data.
Basic Experimenter contributes to good scientific practices in 3 ways.
Documentation of your experiment. The template defines what you do.
Reproducibility. The procedure can be repeated identically. In addition, the procedure can be run again on any computer therefore there is no problem of hardware obsolescence
Traceability. The procedure indicates how the data have been obtained. In addition, procedure and data are archived conjointly.
Finally, Basic Experimenter is a way of sharing experimental procedures. Version 2011 03 01 comes with 4 templates. With time, this site will contain more templates.
Using Basic Experimenter is 3-fold:
Figure 1. Executing a procedure with Basic Experimenter.
Basic Note Tagger. An experiment repeated many times may generate many files, some of them having the same name.
Basic Experimenter comes with a template of procedure for experiments with human participants. However, it can run a broad range of computer-supported procedures. Here are 2 examples:
Follow up of Project. The control points of a project (reports, deliverables, meeting minutes). However, there may be long interruptions between control points.
Basic Experimenter can be interrupted at any time and the procedure is resumed where it was left.
Tutorial. A tutorial is a sequence of steps composed of presentations (texts, videos) and of programs (like demos).
Basic Experimenter can 'open' whatever type of file..including programs or scripts.
Run Basic Experimenter with the default procedure.
1 - To start Basic Experimenter go to the installation directory and execute startExperimenter.exe. This also launches Basic Note Tagger. In the task bar, you see:
2 - To cancel Basic Experimenter at any time, use the close button ( X upper right corner) or right-click the task bar icon and use the close option. In this case, the data is not backuped. No matter: you can resume the execution on this data.
Closing basic Experimenter. Version 2009 10 31
3 - The first screen indicates that the data directory is ready (see below).
4 - Press continue, and the second screen appears. It captures information about the experiment. The leftmost marks indicate whether the fields are filled or not.
Second screen - general information. Version 2009 10 31
5 - When the information is completed and saved, a copy of the template is done and the procedure starts.
In the middle of the execution. Version 2009 10 31
It is a one-button interface.6 - Each line (except the subfolders) opens a file in an external window (edit, display or execute something).
Opening an Excel(r) file
7 - When the procedure ends, the data directory is backuped automatically.
The backup directory. Version 2009 10 31