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Using the Web to Communicate Survey Metadata: Design, Development and Maintenance of the ESRC Question Bank

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Julie Gibbs
University of Surrey

This session is intended to be follow on from a session at the IASSIST conference in 2006 on web development and websites that were good examples for students wishing to find data. This paper will provide members with an update on recent developments! The ESRC Question Bank has been redesigned in 2006 with a new interface developed around current web standards and with user feedback in mind. This has been a great success, with user statistics showing a 70% increase in visits to the site! In this presentation I will discuss how the web interface was developed and why we have kept the rather flat structure of the Qb as opposed to developing a database for the survey questionnaires that we hold. I will also discuss the maintenance required for this type of resource, and how it can be used to get students to think about using or recycling survey questions for their own research work. The session will aim therefore to update the audience on current web designs for metadata dissemination with particular reference to the Qb whilst pondering whether we are making web dissemination too complex for students to use.

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