Blaise Licensing & Ordering

New Pricing Effective February 15, 2018

Blaise Licensing & License Fee Quotes

Blaise licensing is designed for those with ongoing computer-assisted interviewing (CAI) work. Evaluation licenses are offered for limited use, limited term testing purposes to enable organizations to explore the capabilities of Blaise. For a limited time, special introductory Blaise 5 licensing is available to assist organizations in evaluating and testing its capabilities.

Westat is the authorized licensor of Blaise Software in North America and South America under authorized licensing terms and prices. Blaise Software is produced and owned by Statistics Netherlands.

Actual license fees are provided in license fee quotes. To request a quote, complete the Blaise Software Quote Request Form, linked at the bottom of this page, indicating the user’s Blaise usage needs. While the information below is believed to be accurate, Westat reserves the right to correct or modify these fees when issuing license fee quotes.

Usage-Based Licensing

Blaise license fees are based on the numbers of application users and developers. Blaise 5 is the current version of Blaise and includes usage of all earlier Blaise versions. Organizations currently using Blaise 4 may also choose to continue to license only to the Blaise 4 level. Uses of Blaise are defined as follows:

  • Application Users. Application Users refers to the number of workstations and/or laptop computers upon which or from which a Blaise application is accessed for interactively collecting, entering, editing, or reviewing data using any combination of the Data Entry Program, Manipula, or other provided or user-developed software that uses prepared (“compiled”) Blaise data models or instruction files. All other usages of Blaise fall under Developers and Other Uses below.
  • Developers and Other Uses. Developers and Other Uses refers to all uses of the Blaise system not included under Application Users above. This includes but is not limited to those who use the Blaise software for creating, debugging, and preparing (“compiling”) Blaise applications using the Developer’s Environment; use of Blaise to analyze survey data; batch processing of data using Blaise; the use of Blaise to manage survey processes (other than by application users), including computer-assisted telephone interviewing (CATI) supervisors; and any other uses of Blaise not defined under Application Users above. Web-usage is priced separately as defined below.

All Blaise 4 licenses include the Basic system and Maniplus. For an additional license fee, the BCP may be added to a Blaise 4 license. Blaise 5 licensing incorporates the features of BCP within the product.

  • Basic System. This includes the Developer’s Environment, the Data Entry Program, CATI features, Maniplus for developing survey data management applications, Manipula, and other tools. The individual subparts of the Basic System may not be licensed separately. Not included in the Basic System are the use of Basil and the use of Blaise Data Services. Contact Westat to add these features to your license.
  • Blaise Component Pack (BCP). This consists of a number of components that allow users to develop software that integrates with the Blaise system in real-time and that accesses the Basic Blaise system’s metadata and data, for example from within other software products. The BCP is an enhancement available for the Basic System version 4 and is included as part of Blaise 5.

Web Usage: Blaise 5 allows interviewing on a Web browser using the identical Blaise data model that runs on a computer-assisted personal interview (CAPI) or telephone interview. The same fields, rules, edits and other features of a Blaise interview system will function nearly identically over the Internet. As described above, Blaise licensing is usage-based: License terms and fees are based on the type and amount of use to which the system is put by the licensee rather than only by the particular portions of the Blaise Software delivered to the user. If Application Users are accessing Blaise through the Internet (Web), web pricing will apply.

Blaise licenses are issued for 1 year. An invoice for license renewal will be sent automatically for another year unless the customer informs Westat of nonrenewal at least 30 days before the license is due to expire. The right to use the software expires if the license is not renewed.

Regular Licensing Plan

Most organizations will benefit from the Corporate Licensing Plan (see below). However, for small-scale and short-term use, this Regular Licensing Plan is provided. A maximum of 100 CAPI and CATI/(computer-assisted data entry (CADE) (combined) application users are permitted under the Regular Licensing Plan. For greater than 100 application users, a Corporate License must be obtained.

The Regular Licensing Plan covers smaller-scale research use of computer-assisted interviewing (CAI). This research is typically done in clinics and centers with a lower volume of subjects interviewed and shorter duration of data collection.

The Regular Licensing Plan entitles the customer to:

  • Use of all licensed Blaise software in accordance with the terms of use in the Blaise License Agreement.
  • Free updates to the software as such updates are generally made available by Westat to its licensees.
  • Limited support through email concerning installation, syntax, functionality, appropriate use, and other technical questions.

Under the Regular License Plan, license fees depend on the number of developers and the number of application users, as defined above.

Corporate License Plan

The Corporate License Plan is designed for organizations requiring more than 100 application users and at higher levels is designed to serve organizations with large-scale, enterprise-level CAI work. A corporate license may be issued for Blaise 5 or Blaise 4.

The Corporate License Plan entitles the customer to:

  • Use of all licensed Blaise software in a single organization up to the usage limits used to calculate the fee in accordance with the terms of use in the End User License Agreement.
  • Free updates to the software as such updates are generally made available by Westat to its licensees.
  • At the discretion of Statistics Netherlands, corporate licensees may from time to time receive beta versions or other preproduction releases of Blaise software in order to preview, test, and provide feedback to Statistics Netherlands on emerging versions.
  • Limited support through email concerning installation, syntax, functionality, appropriate use, and other technical questions.

Corporate licensees with usage levels of at least 200 application users are eligible to participate in the Blaise Corporate License User Board (BCLUB) organized by Statistics Netherlands.

Blaise corporate licenses are issued for 1 year. An invoice for license renewal will be sent automatically for another year unless the customer informs Westat of nonrenewal at least 30 days before the license is due to expire. The right to use the software expires if the license is not renewed.

For additional license fee information email .

Blaise on the Web

Additional fees apply to the use of Blaise software for web interviewing. When added to a regular license or a corporate license, web services provides for the use of Web servers for web-based interviewing or the development of web-based interviewing systems. Included with the server license is authorization for a specified number of backup servers that are not online except when the production or development servers are offline. Web services license fees also apply when the Blaise system is used for web-based work.

Additional Support

In addition to the support included with a regular or corporate Blaise license, Westat offers additional fee-based training and consultation.

Obtain a Quote

Blaise Services at Westat
Room RA 1394
1600 Research Boulevard
Rockville, MD 20850 USA
Fax: 301-517-4053

Westat accepts payment by check, purchase order, and some major credit cards, including VISA, MasterCard, and American Express. State tax applies to organizations located in Maryland. If you have questions, contact .

To request a limited-use, limited-term evaluation copy of Blaise, contact .