GenBank user questionnaire

Nieves González Ramón ni.gonzalez.ramon at wxs.nl
Fri Nov 5 13:10:52 EST 1999



Becky Norum wrote:

> I am a first year graduate student in Information Systems with a
> Bachelor's in Biochemistry.  For one of my courses, we are required to
> evaluate a computer-based information system.  I chose GenBank.  Part of
> the evaluation involved getting user feedback about the system. I've
> prepared a questionnaire; if you have a few free minutes to respond I
> would appreciate it.  Any one who is interested in a summary of the data
> should let me know with their response.
>
> Thank you for your time,
>
> Becky Norum
> bnorum at lynx.neu.edu
>
> p.s. Just hit the Reply To: button and it should come right back to me.
>
> --
> GenBank Research Questionnaire
>
> Please place an x in the appropriate box for each questions.  Comments are
> welcome for all questions.
>
> 1) What is your occupation?  (e.g. research scientist, graduate student,
> etc.)
>
> 2) How often do you access the GenBank archives?
> [ ] Daily
> [x] Weekly
> [ ] Monthly
> [ ] Infrequently
>
> 3) How do you access the GenBank archives?
> [x] Web
> [ ] Email searches
> [ ] Locally stored copy
> [ ] Other:_______
>
> 4) What application(s) do you use to search the GenBank archives?
> [x] Entrez
> [ ] BLAST
> [ ] Other:______
>
> 5) What application do you use the most?
> [x] Entrez
> [ ] BLAST
> [ ] Other:______
>
> (#6 and #7 are for web users)
>
> 6) How reliable do you find access to GenBank to be?
> [x] Very reliable
> [ ] Fairly reliable
> [ ] Unreliable
>
> 7) If you access GenBank over the web, what kind of time lag do you get?
> Is this satisfactory? yes
>
> (#8 - #10 are for Entrez users)
>
> 8) Is GenBank easy to search?  Are there fields you would add/remove?
> [x] Yes
> [ ] No
> Comment:
>
> 9) Is the GenBank report format easy to understand?
> [x] Yes
> [ ] No
> Comment:
>
> (# 10 is for BLAST users)
>
> 10) Do you find BLAST easy to use?
>
> (The remaining questions are for all users.)
>
> 11) Does the information returned usually meet your needs.  If not, what
> is missing?
> [x] Yes
> [ ] No
> Comment:
>
> 12) Upon retrieval, is the information easy/hard to manipulate using other
> programs.
> [ ] Hard
> [x] Not easy, but it can be done without too much trouble.
> [ ] Easy
>
> 13) How accurate do you find the information in GenBank?
> [ ] Very accurate
> [x] Moderately accurate
> [ ] Not very accurate
> [ ] It's a mess!
>
> 14) Are you likely to continue to use GenBank in the future?
> [x] Yes
> [ ] No
>
> 15) Do you currently use alternatives to GenBank (e.g. TIGR, or a subset
> of the GenBank data such as LocusLink)?  If so, what databases do you use?
> [ ] Yes
> [x] No
> Comment: ____
>
> Any additional comments you have can be placed below, for example, why
> you prefer another database and want to say why; or what you see as the
> future of GenBank, etc.
>
> Again, I appreciate your time and effort.
>
>






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