[Humanist] 26.566 survey: Reading Experience Database?

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Tue Dec 11 07:46:35 CET 2012


                 Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 26, No. 566.
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        Date: Mon, 10 Dec 2012 11:51:59 +0000
        From: Francesca Benatti <francesca.benatti at gmail.com>
        Subject: Reading Experience Database Survey


The World Reading Experience Database (World-RED) project and The Open
University's Reading Experience Database (UK-RED) are seeking respondents
to a brief online survey (http://bit.ly/RED-survey) organised by *Donelle
McKinley, *School of Information Management & Wai-te-ata Press Research
Team, Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand.

The survey will allow the RED team to:

   - Understand the needs and objectives of current and future World-RED
   contributors
   - Discover how effectively the UK-RED contribution form supports rich
   data collection and volunteer participation
   - Identify some alternative approaches to interface design that might
   better support rich data collection and volunteer participation.

The survey is strictly anonymous and will take approximately five minutes
to complete. Even if you have never contributed to RED, you are welcome to
participate.
*About the RED project*

The RED project invites volunteers to identify instances of reading in
diaries, letters, biographies and memoirs, from private collections,
libraries and archives, and contribute their discoveries to the online
database. Collecting data about what, where, when and how people read will
enable patterns to emerge, and new research questions about the history of
reading to be explored.
*Benefits of the study*

As well as directly contributing to the development of the New Zealand RED
(NZ-RED), this study will benefit the Open University Reading Experience
Database (UK-RED) project team, who are interested in enhancing the RED,
and the World-RED project partners, who are in the early stages of
development. The study will also contribute to the strategic planning,
development and evaluation of other academic and cultural heritage projects
involving volunteers.
 *Survey participation*

This project has been granted ethical approval by the Victoria University
of Wellington Human Ethics Committee. Any personal information will be
collected for statistical reasons only and no identities will be associated
with any responses. The collected data will be stored in a
password-protected file for the duration of this study. An official
information sheet for participants is included in the online survey.
*Research report*

In February 2013 the research report will be submitted for marking to
Victoria University of Wellington and deposited in the University Library,
after which it will become available electronically. Donelle also intends
to publish articles based on the data in scholarly journals. A summary of
the research findings will be made available on the NZ-RED research blog
http://nzredblog.wordpress.com in March 2013. The collected data will be
destroyed two years after the conclusion of the research. Should you
require further details regarding this project, please contact Donelle
McKinley or her research supervisor Dr Sydney Shep.
 <sydney.shep at vuw.ac.nz>

*Please take the survey here:* http://bit.ly/RED-survey

*UK-RED* http://www.open.ac.uk/Arts/reading/UK/

*NZ-RED* http://nzredblog.wordpress.com

*World-RED* http://www.open.ac.uk/Arts/reading/





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