WebSM website is dedicated to the methodological issues of Web surveys. It also covers broader area of interaction between modern technologies and survey data collection process.

Its core mission is to:

  • provide professional information on web survey methodology and impact of new technologies on survey process,
  • serve all key target groups (students, users, professionals) in all sectors (academic, public, business),
  • stimulate the communication and interaction,
  • integrate and increase the research cooperation,
  • enforce more efficient implementation of web surveys.



The  website started in 1998 at the University of Ljubljana, Faculty of Social Sciences, Centre for Methodology and Informatics, soon after the pioneering experiments with web surveys in 1996.

In years 2003-2005 the website was redesigned and it took the current form. The support came from EU Fifth Framework program (Contract HPSE CT 2002 50031, proposal SETN 2002-00040, acronym: WebSMSite). The consortium was:

Since 2005 the essential components of the website (authors, bibliography, software) have still been updated by the University of Ljubljana, Faculty of Social Sciences, Centre for Methodology and informatics.



WebSM main substances are the following three databases:

  • Bibliography with 7,600 records  (as of2015);
  • Authors of bibliography records (more than 8,300 authors).
  • Software with more than 440 software entries (as of 2014);

Further characteristics of WebSM website, including the social networks of the bibliographic co-authorship can be seen from 2007 plenary talk at ESRA conference: Vehovar, V. (2007):

  • Web Surveys: advantages and disadvantages - European survey research association conference 2007, ESRA, Prague, Record >>
  • Part of the PPT related to the structure of the WebSM, PP1>> 
  • Part of the PPT related to the social networks of co-authorships PPT2>>


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The website is maintained by the team from the Centre for Social Informatics at the Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Ljubljana. The key persons are professors Vasja Vehovar and Katja Lozar Manfreda, researcher Jernej Berzelak and two students. The team is also strongly supported by Mario Callegaro, the senior survey research scientist at Google. They recently published a book Web Survey Methodology by Sage which covers the whole range of topics also covered  on the WebSM website.








Activities of the Centre for Social Informatics (CSI) are related to the area of social informatics (SI). In this context, CSI maintains a central global website (www.social-informatics.org).


Faculty of Social Sciences (University of Ljubljana) is the largest interdisciplinary public institution for education and research in the social sciences in Slovenia, and among the largest and most up-to-date in Europe. Through its human resources, its in-house research institute, central social sciences library and publishing house, it develops a range of disciplines that represent an optimal synergy for the contemporary social sciences