El.pub Reader Survey Results
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Methodology | 1. The survey | 2. Organisation activity (%) | 3. Country (%) | 4. EU funded project participant (%) | 5. Website visit frequency (%) | 6. Number of readers (%) | 7. Priority of sections (%) | 8. Effect of changes (%) | 9. Feedback (%) | 10. Overall (%) | 11. Other comments | 12. Conclusions
A short questionnaire was mailed to the El.pub Weekly subscriber list in January 2002. A copy of the questionnaire is available for download as a zipped text file.
URL: download zipped email questionnaire http://www.elpub.org/quest4.zip
These results are for the survey of newsletter subscribers. In the third survey we had 145 responses (January 2001), second survey (April 2000) we had 124 responses (web and newsletter), and 93 in the first survey (May 1999). In this survey we have 139 replies (March 2002). The response rate is about 12%. Nearly half the respondents visit the web site at least once a week.
The survey was not carried on the web site as the previous survey had very few respondents via the web compared with the e-mail version. In that survey the two questionnaires were different. The result led us to the conclusion that previous entries from the web (first and second surveys) had been from newsletter readers.
URL: January 2001 Survey http://www.elpub.org/results3.htm
URL: April 2000 survey http://www.elpub.org/results2.htm
URL: May 1999 survey http://www.elpub.org/results.htm
What is the principal activity of the organisation you work for?
March 2002 Jan 2001 Academic 27 19 Information industry 17 16 Publishing 15 11 Other commercial 14 14 Government 11 10 Computer industry 8 21 Entertainment industry 2 4 Broadcasting 1 2 Other 4 1
There has been a significant drop in the number of people describing themselves as from the computer industry, with more from the academic, publishing and information sectors.
Where are you now?
March 2002 Jan 2001 April 2000 EU 75 75 70 North America 10 8 20 Other European 8 8 4 S America 1 - - Asia / Middle East 1 6 3 Pacific / Australasia 4 3 2 Africa 1 - 1
Are you a participant in a European Commission funded R&D project?
March 2002 Jan 2001 Yes 27 26 No 73 74
Are you a participant in a national or otherwise publicly funded R&D project?
March 2002 Yes 37 No 63
This is the first time we asked about participation in non-EU programmes. Taken together with the previous question this shows that we reach more project researchers in total than we had thought. Analysing the two questions together we find that 46% of respondents are in a publicly funded research project, 18% are in both an EU and a national project, and 37% of non-EU respondents are in a national project. This is much better contact with researchers than implied by the 27% vs 73% split on just EU projects.
How often do you visit the El.pub web site?
March 2002 Jan 2001 Daily 2 4 Weekly 40 46 Monthly 26 30 Less than once a month 24 17 Never 8 4
Are you the only person who sees this copy of thenewsletter or is it seen by several people?
March 2002 Jan 2001 One 74 75 2-5 22 17 5+ 4 8
The question asked people to rate sections of the content as high priority (H), update when possible (C), or drop, given the reduction of resources. Some people only rated some sections so we have added a non-response column.
H C D n Weekly news 69 25 2 4 Event lists 24 55 14 7 Project info 32 56 8 4 Topic info 45 43 1 10 Analysis pages 38 39 17 6 Resource links and papers 47 37 9 7 Assoc links 10 52 25 13 E-journal links 34 45 13 8 Product links 17 43 32 8 Creative tech pages 24 45 21 10 VR pages 12 32 45 11 Ed publishing pages 30 44 19 6
Do you think the overall effect of the changes that have taken place so far has
Reduced value 10 Little effect 44 Improved value
38 Non-response 8
The question asked what the impact of requests for information on a two-monthly cycle would be.
Ignore 9 Reply if subject interesting
71 Leave service
1 Welcome chance to input views
17 Non-response 2
The web site content is designed to cover the technical aspects of electronic publishing R&D rather than the market aspects. Do you think overall the site is
March 2002 April 2000 Too technical 12 4 Too market oriented 4 6 About right 80 83 Non response 5 7
Although these figures are not very different they may reflect the shift in organisations shown in section 2 above.
73% no comment, 14% positive but uninformative, 13% positive and informative.
The figures are similar to those in the past surveys. The level of support for the service remains high despite the changes that have taken place over the past few months.
There is some reason to believe that the figures reflect the specific views of the newsletter readers and that the web users may vary from this in part. The low score of the VR pages is not surprising as we publish a separate VR newsletter, which has its own devoted readers. Only a limited amount of VR news is published in both. Another low scorer, product links, seems to be of more interest to web readers as the product pages are one of the most popular entry points to the web site, probably from search engine hits.
Although news continues to be the prime interest of readers, the high demand for other information such as topic, project, and resource pages, continues despite the drop in resources currently available for updating these sections. The publishers will try to continue to keep these sections up-to-date at the expense of the other sections such as creative technology and events. The sections on associations and products will remain but not be actively extended.
We would like to thank all the people who took part in the survey, for helping us keep the site aligned with user requirements.
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