Software

E-Rhythms App

 

This app is being developed in two stages. The first stage involves developing an on-line portal that will allow researchers to customize their own version of the E-Rhythms Android Smartphone App. Researchers will be able to develop their own on-screen survey questions and setup the application so that it can be used as to stimulate questions during in-person interviews. The application will also collect anonymized voice and text data using an approach similar to the method used by the Network Navigator and Communication apps described below.

 

The second stage of development will focus on creating a version of the E-Rhythms App that will help users better understand how they maintain, build, and even neglect their personal networks using their smartphones. This version of the application will draw on research and insights gained through the E-Rhythms Project and focus on making this information accessible to a wider audience.

 

More information: How to use the E-Rhythms App – video tutorials for researchers

 

 

Collaborators and Funding

Development of this software is directed by Dr. Jeffrey Boase. Student collaborators working on the development are Junji Zhi, Yingduo Tang, Jack Jamieson and Hirokazu Oda.

 

Development is supported through a grant from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada.

 

 

 

E-Rhythms Data Sonifier

 

The E-Rhythms Data Sonifier software allows you to listen to the rhythms contained within time-stamped data.  For example, the sonifier could be used to listen to patterns of communication in phone and text messaging logs, but it can also be used with any kind of time-stamped log saved as a .csv.

 

The Data Sonifier works by counting the number of events that take place in a given period, and playing a sound to represent this number.  There are options for playing different sounds for  different types of events, and this allows you to compare patterns of activity based on any categories in your data file.

 

More information: Sonifier download and tutorial videos

 

Mac Download (44.6 MB)

Requires Mac OS 10.7.3 or newer

IMPORTANT: if you receive a message saying that the file is is "damaged" you will need to enable the following option: System Preferences > Security and Privacy > Allow apps downloaded from: >  Mac App Store and identified developers.

 

Windows Download (37.4 MB)

Requires a 64 bit version of Windows XP (with latest service pack), Vista, 7, or 8.

 

 

 

Collaborators and Funding

Development of this software is directed by Dr. Jeffrey Boase. Collaborators working on the development are

Jack Jamieson and Hirokazu Oda.

 

Development of the E-Rhythms Data Analysis Software is supported through a grant from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada.

 

 

 

 

Network Navigator App

 

The “Network Navigator” is an application that runs on Android smartphones and allows users to visualize their voice, text, and email communication patterns with others over time. This visualization technique provides insight that can be used to improve relationships and reconnect with friends, family, and colleagues.

 

This application is also designed to collect anonymized communication data for the sole purpose of conducting academic research. No identifying information is collected and all data is anonymized using an irreversible encryption method. To maintain users privacy the content of text messages and email messages are never recorded, copied, or uploaded.

 

Collaborators and Funding

Development of this software was co-directed by Dr. Tetsuro Kobayashi and Dr. Jeffrey Boase.

 

Development was supported by funding from the National Institute of Informatics, Japan.

 

The app is available for download on Google Play: Network Navigator

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Communication Explorer App

 

The Communication Explorer App is a research tool that anonymously collects information from users of the Android OS. The app allows the researchers to paint a more complex picture of communication patterns across various platforms, including: email, texting, social networking, and phone use. Communication Explorer works by recording users’ answers to one initial survey and a daily pop-up survey thereafter. Then the app records times, dates, and types of communication, as well as whom they are contacting using anonymous identifiers. All the data is completely encrypted; there is no way to identify a specific user or those they have communicated with based on the data that is uploaded to the server.

 

 

Collaborators and Funding

Development of this software was co-directed by Dr. Jeffrey Boase and Dr. Tetsuro Kobayashi.

 

Development was supported through funding from the National Institute of Informatics, Japan.