Persistent storage on Shinyapps.io: Storing your survey responses responsibly
In this post, I will outline how I set up persistent storage and transfer of data from a Shiny survey to a MariaDB using SSL certificates. How I set up the survey and how I handled URL redirects in and out of the survey are topics for future posts. Coming up with a satisfactory solution to this problem took a lot of trial and error (and Googleing…). It turned out that all of the challenges related to persistent storage, sending data to a database, preventing SQL injection attacks and securing the data traffic with SSL certificates had existing solutions.
The Pursuit of Fellowship to the Higher Education Academy
As an early career academic with ambitions of a career in academia, I spend much of my time and energy on doing research and writing papers. This is what we are judged on. This is what matters. Or is it? When I entered academia as an undergraduate student, I did not find many of my teachers and lectures impressive. The classes were large and mostly consisted of covering the material on the blackboard, overhead (yeah - some still used that in the mid 00s) or PowerPoint.
The purpose of the blog
With the new and revamped website, I have decided to start a blog. I am not a very experienced blogger and was introduced to the concept of having one through the INSPiRE project. To me, the blog will be a pathway to impact. A place where I can provide a more personal opinion on the research that I, and my colleagues, do. Much of the work that I do focuses on the use of advanded choice models to understand better how people make decisions in markets (both real and hypothetical).