Who learns from whom? Supporting users and developers of a major biodiversity e-infrastructure

TitleWho learns from whom? Supporting users and developers of a major biodiversity e-infrastructure
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2011
AuthorsBrake, Irina, Daphne Duin, Isabella Van de Velde, Vincent Smith, and Simon Rycroft
JournalZooKeys
Volume150
Pagination177–192
Date Publishednov
Abstract

Support systems play an important role for the communication between users and developers of software. We studied two support systems, an issues tracker and an email service available for Scratchpads, a Web 2.0 social networking tool that enables communities to build, share, manage and publish biodiversity information on the Web. Our aim was to identify co-learning opportunities between users and developers of the Scratchpad system by asking which support system was used by whom and for what type of questions. Our results show that issues tracker and emails cater to different user mentalities as well as different kind of questions and suggest ways to improve the support system as part of the development under the {EU} funded {ViBRANT} programme.

URLhttp://dx.doi.org/10.3897/zookeys.150.2191
DOI10.3897/zookeys.150.2191