Digital Scriptorium Survey Results


1. How did you hear about Digital Scriptorium?

Response
Percent
Response
Count
 Web search  17.0%   39 
 Colleague  30.0%   69 
 Professor  9.6%   22 
 Librarian  11.7%   27 
 Website of one of Digital Scriptorium's participating libraries  4.4%   10 
 Conference  3.5%   8 
 Scholarly publication  0.9%   2 
 Newsletter  5.7%   13 
 Other (please specify)  17.4%   40 

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2. How often do you use Digital Scriptorium?

Response
Percent
Response
Count
 Daily  1.5%   2 
 Weekly  8.9%   12 
 Monthly  19.3%   26 
 Sporadically  48.2%   65 
 This is my first visit  22.2%   30 

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3. What is your focus when you use Digital Scriptorium for texts? Please rank the following. (1= most important, 5= least important, N/A= Not Applicable)

1 2 3 4 5 N/A Rating Average Response
Count
Specific authors 11.4% (15) 8.3% (11) 16.7% (22) 18.9% (25) 26.5% (35) 18.2% (24) 3.50  132 
Specific texts 14.4% (19) 16.7% (22) 24.2% (32) 21.2% (28) 7.6% (10) 15.9% (21) 2.89  132 
Bibliographic information 7.6% (10) 15.2% (20) 24.2% (32) 18.2% (24) 22.7% (30) 12.1% (16) 3.38  132 
Images for textual information 25.8% (34) 28.8% (38) 9.1% (12) 12.1% (16) 13.6% (18) 10.6% (14) 2.54  132 
Specific manuscripts 34.1% (45) 19.7% (26) 14.4% (19) 12.9% (17) 9.8% (13) 9.1% (12) 2.39  132 

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4. What is your focus when you use Digital Scriptorium for images. Please rank the following. (1= most important, 5= least important, N/A= Not Applicable)

1 2 3 4 5 N/A Rating Average Response
Count
Script 39.4% (52) 25.8% (34) 12.9% (17) 8.3% (11) 7.6% (10) 6.1% (8) 2.14  132 
Art or art methods 38.2% (50) 22.1% (29) 14.5% (19) 7.6% (10) 9.2% (12) 8.4% (11) 2.21  131 
Codicology 7.6% (10) 25.2% (33) 31.3% (41) 17.6% (23) 6.9% (9) 11.5% (15) 2.90  131 
Bindings 3.8% (5) 9.8% (13) 14.4% (19) 32.6% (43) 25.8% (34) 13.6% (18) 3.77  132 
Ownership marks 9.0% (12) 8.3% (11) 18.0% (24) 18.8% (25) 33.1% (44) 12.8% (17) 3.67  133 

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5. Optional: Please tell us more about your use of images and texts from Digital Scriptorium.

Response
Count
 47 

answered question    47 

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6. In terms of content, are you able to find the information you seek?

Response
Percent
Response
Count
 Always  8.9%   12 
 Usually  53.3%   72 
 Seldom  9.6%   13 
 Never  0.7%   1 
 No, but I often discover something of interest  11.9%   16 
 Other (please specify)  15.6%   21 

answered question    135 

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7. In terms of navigating the Digital Scriptorium website, how easy is it for you to find the information you seek?

Response
Percent
Response
Count
 1 (very easy to navigate)  37.0%   50 
 2  45.2%   61 
 3  12.6%   17 
 4 (very hard to navigate)  5.2%   7 

answered question    135 

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8. If you find the Digital Scriptorium website difficult to navigate, please tell us which aspect is problematic.

Response
Count
 31 

answered question    31 

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9. Please rank the following features according to importance. (1= most important, 3= least important, N/A= Not Applicable)

1 2 3 N/A Rating Average Response
Count
Ability to see images of manuscripts 79.9% (107) 14.9% (20) 3.7% (5) 1.5% (2) 1.23  134 
Ability to cross-search multiple institutions 8.3% (11) 36.4% (48) 49.2% (65) 6.1% (8) 2.44  132 
Ability to search specific manuscript-related features 11.3% (15) 44.4% (59) 41.4% (55) 3.0% (4) 2.31  133 

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10. What kind of intellectual growth in Digital Scriptorium matters most to you? Please rank your choices. (1= most important, 4= least important, N/A= Not Applicable)

1 2 3 4 N/A Rating Average Response
Count
More descriptions of manuscripts 34.6% (46) 50.4% (67) 7.5% (10) 3.0% (4) 4.5% (6) 1.78  133 
More images per manuscript 54.5% (73) 23.9% (32) 7.5% (10) 9.7% (13) 4.5% (6) 1.71  134 
Better editing of the descriptions to eliminate typographical errors 4.6% (6) 6.1% (8) 36.6% (48) 42.7% (56) 9.9% (13) 3.31  131 
More standardization of medieval names, titles and locations 4.5% (6) 14.4% (19) 39.4% (52) 34.1% (45) 7.6% (10) 3.11  132 

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11. Optional: Please tell us more about the intellectual growth you would like to see for Digital Scriptorium.

Response
Count
 38 

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12. What kind of technical enhancements would you consider most important for Digital Scriptorium? Please rank your choices. (1= most important, 4= least important, N/A= Not Applicable)

1 2 3 4 N/A Rating Average Response
Count
Ability to easily focus a search on images of art historical interest 44.4% (59) 17.3% (23) 15.8% (21) 14.3% (19) 8.3% (11) 2.00  133 
Ability to store searches and results from one session to the next (i.e., retain a DS "profile") 17.6% (23) 27.5% (36) 29.0% (38) 16.0% (21) 9.9% (13) 2.48  131 
Ability to post comments about a given entry within DS 6.1% (8) 15.2% (20) 19.7% (26) 45.5% (60) 13.6% (18) 3.21  132 
Ability to compare DS images side-by-side in the browser 27.6% (37) 32.8% (44) 23.9% (32) 9.7% (13) 6.0% (8) 2.17  134 

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13. Optional: Please tell us more about the technological enhancements you would like to see for Digital Scriptorium.

Response
Count
 18 

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14. If you are a staff member of an actual or potential Digital Scriptorium partner institution, what kind of growth in Digital Scriptorium matters most to you? Please rank your choices (1= most important, 4= least important, N/A= Not Applicable)

1 2 3 4 N/A Rating Average Response
Count
More partners from large North American institutions 22.6% (12) 45.3% (24) 7.5% (4) 3.8% (2) 20.8% (11) 1.90  53 
More partners from smaller North American institutions 9.4% (5) 17.0% (9) 47.2% (25) 5.7% (3) 20.8% (11) 2.62  53 
Partners from European institutions 40.0% (22) 16.4% (9) 20.0% (11) 3.6% (2) 20.0% (11) 1.84  55 
Opportunity to participate in DS decisions and/or governance 9.6% (5) 0.0% (0) 3.8% (2) 59.6% (31) 26.9% (14) 3.55  52 

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15. Optional: Please tell us more about the type of Digital Scriptorium growth that matters most to you.

Response
Count
 9 

answered question    9 

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16. Please select the field that best describes your work or vocation:

Response
Percent
Response
Count
 Librarian  18.9%   24 
 IT staff  0.0%   0 
 Conservator  3.9%   5 
 Faculty  37.8%   48 
 Graduate student  15.0%   19 
 Undergraduate student  0.8%   1 
 High school student  0.0%   0 
 Junior high school student  0.0%   0 
 Independent scholar  10.2%   13 
 Private collector  0.8%   1 
 Researcher  8.7%   11 
 Calligrapher  0.8%   1 
 Artist  0.0%   0 
 Other (please specify)  3.2%   4 

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17. Please select the field that best describes your discipline or interest:

Response
Percent
Response
Count
 Art and Architecture  16.5%   21 
 Calligraphy  0.8%   1 
 Classics  0.8%   1 
 Computer Science  0.8%   1 
 Economics  0.0%   0 
 Education  0.0%   0 
 Genealogy  0.0%   0 
 History  18.1%   23 
 History of the Book  16.5%   21 
 Law  0.0%   0 
 Linguistics  0.0%   0 
 Literature: English  12.6%   16 
 Literature: All others  5.5%   7 
 Mathematics  0.8%   1 
 Medicine  1.6%   2 
 Music  1.6%   2 
 Numismatics  0.0%   0 
 Paleography  9.5%   12 
 Papyrology  0.0%   0 
 Philosophy  1.6%   2 
 Political Science  0.0%   0 
 Religion  3.2%   4 
 Theater  0.0%   0 
 Women's/Gender Studies  0.8%   1 
 Other (please specify)  9.5%   12 

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18. Please select the best representation of your institutional affiliation:

Response
Percent
Response
Count
 No affiliation  9.5%   12 
 Secondary school  0.0%   0 
 Junior college/2-year college  0.0%   0 
 Four-year college  11.8%   15 
 Research university  53.5%   68 
 Private research institution  6.3%   8 
 Not-for-profit organization  3.9%   5 
 European institution / organization  7.9%   10 
 Other (please specify)  7.1%   9 

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19. Overall, how satisfied are you with Digital Scriptorium?

Response
Percent
Response
Count
 Extremely satisfied  21.3%   27 
 Very satisfied  57.5%   73 
 Somewhat satisfied  20.5%   26 
 Not at all satisfied  0.8%   1 

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