You can apply for a BOS account by contacting IS.Helpline@ed.ac.uk. You will need to provide your University User Name (UUN) and your email address. Your BOS Login name will normally be the same as your UUN (but not always).
When you receive instructions for connecting to BOS, you will be asked to generate a temporary BOS password which will be sent to the email address you provided. Upon receiving this password, you should change it immediately to one known only by you.
Once your BOS, account has been set up, you will have immediate access to an exemplar survey, which you can use as an editable template to help you create your own surveys. This has examples of the various question types available in the survey tool. We suggest that you familiarise yourself with the software by spending some time exploring the survey by editing it to meet your needs.
You will find a guide to setting up a new survey at the following link:
BOS allows you to present the user interface in a variety of European languages. At present the supported languages are: Dutch, English, French, Gaelic, German, Hungarian, Italian, Polish, Romanian, Spanish, Welsh. More information is available at:
By default your surveys are open to any respondent who knows the URL. However, there are two ways to control access and avoid multiple submissions from the same person:
If you are seeking to automate access to a group of users already defined in another system (such as a course in WebCT), please contact the IS Helpline for advice. Some frequently asked questions on access controls are available from the BOS website:
It is possible to embed a video within a BOS survey. As with images, a video file cannot be hosted within BOS. However, you can use video hosted on an external service.
This article was published on Sep 6, 2013