ExPaNDS survey: what would researchers be searching for if they had access to a catalogue of Photon and Neutron science data?

Sophie Servan's picture
26 May 2020

ExPaNDS survey: what would researchers be searching for if they had access to a catalogue of Photon and Neutron science data?

  • By Sophie Servan

Dear all,

In ExPaNDS we have created a questionnaire to survey researchers and data miners on what they would be searching for if they had access to a database of Photon and Neutron science related data. We'll use the results to build search tools for our future EOSC data catalogues that best meet peoples needs.

The link to the form is here. It consists of 4 main questions:

  • Who: is searching for the data – what is their role and motivation (e.g. are they the data owner looking to find and re-process their data or are they the non-data owner but facility user wanting to look for additional work)
  • What: is being searched for? Is it processed data or some information about a sample?
  • How: Are they searching for it? What are the search criteria and, importantly, how might the user refine the search? If they are searching on the sample type, then what sample parameters might they search for? If they are searching by technique then what information might be most relevant?
  • Why: are they doing the search? What do they hope to find?

We would be very grateful if you could answer this survey to help us reach a community that is as representative as possible of the future users of our EOSC services (which will potentially - and hopefully - be very diverse!). We are looking to have this survey completed by June, 5th 2020.

If you have any doubts, please comment in this discussion, I'd be very happy to clarify if needed!

Thank you very much for your help.

Kind regards,

Sophie