Mindlogger is a general-purpose, open-source data collection platform that you can use to administer surveys, quizzes, or different types of tasks. The MATTER Lab’s goal for building and maintaining Mindlogger is to dramatically improve the convenience, consistency, efficiency, accuracy, and analytical capabilities of widely distributed data collection efforts, particularly with regard to mental health research, outreach, and clinical practice.
We are currently piloting Mindlogger in a large-scale mental health study. After this pilot period, we will make Mindlogger publicly available for anyone to configure their own iOS/Android apps as outlined below.
Mindlogger permits different types of interactions for Editors (who build apps),
Users (who use the apps), Viewers (who view specific Users’ data),
and Managers (who manage Editors, Users, Viewers, and other Managers).
(1) An Editor will visit the online Mindlogger Library, which will initially contain over a hundred mental health surveys and cognitive assessment instruments. These Activities are bundled into Activity Sets which could represent the data collection protocol for a research study, or an assessment protocol for a given patient population.
(2) The Editor either selects (and optionally edits) existing Activities in the Library, or creates new Activities in a web browser. These Activities get bundled into a new Activity Set. The Editor sets up a notification schedule for the Users of each Activity in this Activity Set.
(3) A Manager assigns permission to different Users, Viewers, Editors, and Managers to the Activity Set. Once a User downloads Mindlogger to their mobile device, the app is automatically configured to match the app the Editor built.
Mindlogger apps work on iOS or Android phones or tablets, and will take advantage of the different sensors on these mobile devices. Mobile devices and their sensors open up sophisticated data collection methods such as audio recording, drawing, and ecological momentary assessments and interventions to researchers, clinicians, students, teachers, and other interested users.
The Mindlogger website will include an online Dashboard. For Viewers with permission to view specific Users’ data from specific Activity Sets, the Dashboard will permit immediate and intuitive visualization of the data.