Reading Experience Database User Survey

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Do you study Book History and/or Digital Humanities?

Are you interested in the Open University Reading Experience Database (UK-RED) and in the World Reading Experience Database (World-RED) project?

Please take part in a brief online 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 attached to the 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 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.

Please take the survey here: