DataONE / DataUP Tool User Experience Study

Note: the following is posted in theย DataONE Data Science Open Notebookย as part of an ongoing research effort concerning โ€œOpen Notebook Science.โ€

Hi Rachel,

Just wanted to confirm with you Iโ€™m planning on meeting with you in Hoskins after my class ends Friday morning.

I have spent a bit of time assessing the status of DataUP.

One thing to clarify in the morning is what DataUP tool Dr. Tenopir and Prof. Frame want us to look at.

Per this recent (August 4) tweet,ย, the Excel add-in is being phased out in favor of the OS agnostic Web app:

Therefore it seems likely any usability testing should center on the Web app.

Upon confirming a focus on the DataUP Web app, I think it would be worthwhile to reach out to the research team that devised the DataUP Excel Add-in.

We may find they have some ideas in mind for usability questions and perhaps did not have the time to address the questions or run usability studies on the tool.

The researcher teamโ€™s contact information is listed below:

kristin.tolle [at]

carly.strasser [at]

John.Kunze [at]

patricia.cruse [at]

Stephen.Abrams [at]

Perry.Willett [at]

In looking around today, I found these resources that seemed helpful: Simplifying data repository adherence and metadata management for environmental science

This tutorial shows you how to use the DataUp web application, a tool that is designed to help environmental scientists easily upload files, create and manage metadata, create a unique data citation, and post files to a repository.

Thanks, and see you in the morning.


About Tanner Jessel

I am a graduate research assistant funded by DataONE and pursuing a Masters in Information Sciences with an Interdisciplinary Graduate Minor in Computational Science. I assist scholarly research efforts supporting the Sociocultural, Usability and Assessment, and Member Nodes working groups within DataONE. I am based at the Center for Information and Communication Studies at the University of Tennessee School of Information Science in Knoxville, Tennessee.

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