Merging Projects In Tobii Studio May 23, 2011Posted by Jon Ward in eye tracking, Glasses, Media, Studio, Tips And Tricks, Tobii.
One of the common questions we get from clients relates to merging data from different Tobii projects, and more often or not the question is “Why can’t I merge data from two different Tobii Studio Projects?” so I thought it was time to do a little blog post to help people through this and understand a workflow to avoid any potential issues.
The main thing to understand is that when a project folder is created within Studio it is given a ‘digital signature’ of sorts which is unique to that project and that copy of Studio. If you want to merge data later on YOU MUST USE THIS PROJECT AS THE TEMPLATE!
To give you an example of what I mean by this let’s assume we are collecting data in two locations – at each location I create the test using the stimuli required, put them into a timeline that is exactly the same on both machines. On paper these look identical and you would think you can merge the data – you can’t. The digital signature of each test is different and therefore they are standalone projects, regardless of how identical they may appear. In this scenario you should create the blank project at one location, filling the timeline with the relevant stimuli and so on. Once the test is ready to go, export the project using the “EXPORT PROJECT ARCHIVE” option in the “FILE” menu within Studio. On the second (and each subsequent) location we would then import the test template into the Studio licence there, thereby retaining the digital signature and allowing us to merge data sets at a later date.
Once data capture is completed we use the “EXPORT” and “IMPORT” project archive tools accordingly and when we import we get the option to either merge the data sets or have them as separate tests in the library. Please note you cannot merge the tests by doing the quick “copy and paste” style of export.
Hope this helps people and reduces confusion! As always fire over any questions to email@example.com or give me a call on 01189 000796 and I’ll be happy to help.