Survey of Computer Usage

GDB User Support help at gdb.org
Fri Feb 4 11:17:38 EST 1994


Thanks to all the people who completed the survey of computer usage which
appeared in the November issue of Human Genome News. 

If you have not yet responded, we urge you to do so.

The survey will appear again in the January issue and is also available 
on ftp (ftp.gdb.org) in the file 'survey.txt'. For your convenience, the file 
is enclosed below.

We appreciate your taking the time to provide data to help guide the
development of computer software supporting the Human Genome Project.

	GDB User Support
	help at gdb.org

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                        SURVEY OF COMPUTER USAGE

The development of computer software to support the Human Genome Project --from
analytical tools for the individual investigator to public databases such as 
GDB, GenBank, and SWISS-PROT -- is hampered by the lack of reliable statistics 
on computer usage by geneticists, molecular biologists, physicians, and other
data users.

This survey is a modest attempt to collect this information, NOT ONLY FOR GDB's
use but for sharing with all groups who are working to develop better tools for
gathering and analyzing biological data. The development of more useful 
software to aid research will be greatly facilitated by users who fill out this
form. Each response will be greatly appreciated.

Please mark your choices on the left and return the form by email to: 

        help at gdb.org    
        
Thank you very much.
        GDB User Support
        Johns Hopkins University
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1. How would you classify your organization? (mark one)
   A. University  
   B. Genome Center
   C. Industry
   D. Hospital / patient care
   E. Other _____________

2. What is your major responsibility in your organization? (mark one)
   A. Genetics research
   B. Administrative/management 
   C. Computer/systems
   D. Education
   E. Patient care
   F. Other _____________

3. What kind of computers do you use? (rank usage with 1 = most; specify model)
      Rank                           Model
   A. ____ Mac                    (         )
   B. ____ PC                     (         )
   C. ____ Sun                    (         )
   D. ____ DEC Alpha              (         )
   E. ____ Other UNIX Workstation (         )
   F. ____ ASCII terminal         (         ) 
   G. ____ Other                  (         )

4. Which computers do you use to access GDB/OMIM? (mark all that apply)
   A. Mac
   B. PC
   C. Sun
   D. DEC Alpha
   E. Other Unix Workstation 
   F. ASCII terminal
   G. Other ___________

5. Which of your computers has Internet access? (mark all that apply)
   A. Mac
   B. PC
   C. Sun
   D. DEC Alpha
   E. Other Unix Workstation  
   F. Other ___________

6. Which of your computers has a CD-ROM? (mark all that apply)
   A. Mac
   B. PC 
   C. Sun 
   D. DEC Alpha 
   E. Other Unix Workstation   
   F. Other ___________

7. Which of your computers has a modem? (mark all that apply;  specify speed)
                              Speed
   A. Mac                    (      )
   B. PC                     (      )
   C. Sun                    (      )
   D. DEC Alpha              (      )
   E. Other Unix Workstation (      )
   F. Other ___________      (      )

8. Which Internet services do you use? (mark all that apply)
   A. Email
   B. FTP 
   C. Gopher 
   D. WAIS 
   E. USENET news
   F. World Wide Web
   G. Other ___________

9. If you have problems using hardware/software, where do you go most often 
     for help? (mark one)
   A. local technical support  
   B. knowledgeable coworker    
   C. manufacturer/distributor 
   D. manual

10. Which biological databases do you use? (mark all that apply)
    A. GDB
    B. OMIM
    C. GenBank
    D. Medline
    E. PIR (Protein Identification Resource) 
    F. SWISS-PROT
    G. PDB (Protein Data Bank)
    H. Entrez
    I. Other ___________

11. Which methods do you use to access GDB data? (mark all that apply)
    A. GDB application via telnet or SprintNet (APT forms) 
    B. GDB/Accessor
    C. WAIS 
    D. Gopher
    E. FTP  
    F. HGM book (HGM11, CCM92) 

12. Which methods do you use to access OMIM data? (mark all that apply)
    A. OMIM application (IRX)
    B. GDB/Accessor  
    C. WAIS  
    D. Gopher  
    E. FTP 
    F. MIM book 
   
13. Do you presently have data for submission to GDB? (mark one)
    A. No
    B. Yes, waiting for complete data   
    C. Yes, waiting to find out how to submit it

14. Would a software package analogous to GenBank's Authorin increase your 
      willingness to submit data to GDB? 
    A. Yes
    B. No

15. Please add any comments you feel would help improve GDB services. 








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