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Paper ID: 2833

Eliciting Quantitative e-Social Scientists User Requirements
Florian,Urmetzer Vassil,Alexandrov

Appeared in: Proceedings of the UK e-Science All Hands Conference 2007 website: http://www.allhands.org.uk/2007/
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Publisher: National e-Science Centre
Year: 2007
ISBN/ISSN: 978-0-9553988-3-4
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Field of Science: e-Science

URL: http://www.allhands.org.uk/2007/proceedings/papers/845.pdf

Abstract: e-Research is a relatively new and expanding means of undertaking multi-disciplinary on-line research. As such, the needs and requirements of the e-Research community are not yet fully understood and it is evident that e-Research needs further investigation and study. This report aims at providing an in-depth insight to the computing requirements of the e-Social science community involved into quantitative analysis of secondary data. The investigation made use of qualitative research methods in order to gather information from the e-Social scientists. Focus groups and open ended interviews were applied as research methodologies. On these grounds, first, the report details the outcome of a number interviews held with e-Social scientists across the UK. This involved interviewing twelve people in six sessions. Second, the author makes a number of conclusions on the problems and needs of the interviewed e-Social scientists. Third, the information gathered during this research is condensed into a list of requirements for tools that may be developed and added into projects.

Keywords: e-Science, AHM 2007


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