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usuability questionnaire for biology web application

Isabelle bonbon zaboufromcanada at yahoo.com
Thu Feb 26 10:36:38 EST 2004

I am looking for people who use or could use protein
tools (ex : fasta), nucleic tools or alignement tools.
The purpose is to work on the design of the workbench
application (http://workbench.sdsc.edu/), and the
first thing to do is to catch the user requirement. 
If you have some interest in protein, nucleic or
alignement research, and a few minutes available,
could you please answer the following questionnary ?
Thanks for your time and help, 
Software engineering student.
***********                 Questionnary          ****
About you:
 First & Second Name :
 Age :
 Lifestyle (married/single, children…):
 Occupation (master student, teacher, which job…): 
 Higher Level of education (B. Eng, phD…):
 Leisure :
 Describe yourself in general :
 Describe yourself when working :

About Computer skills: 
 How long have you been using computers?
 How often do you use computers? 
 What for? Which software packages do you mostly use?
 Do you use Internet? 
 - How often do you use Internet?
 - What for and which sites in particular? 

About Biology domain
 What do you expect out of an informatic system? 
 In which biologic field do you work precisely? 
 How long have you been working in it? 
 How do you work with protein and nucleic acid
sequence databases? 

You work; job description (in relationship with the
proteic and nucleic domains):
  How are you working (environment: noise, position…)?

  What are your activities? 
  What are you goals (what do you want to achieve)? 
  What are your needs? 
  What particular problems do you want to solve? 
  The constraints (time, money…)? 
  What are the steps required? 
  What tools are you using?
  Do you know the Biology Workbench
If yes, please answer the next questions regarding
this site. 
Otherwise, may you answer according to the main tool
you are using.
 -  Are you satisfied with it? 
 -  How hard is it to use? 
 -  Why do you use it (choice, obligation…)? 
 -  How often do you use it? 
 -  Do you have a few stories that typify the actual
use of the system/process you
currently use? 
 -  What are the problems you encountered? 
 -  Which task are you using the most? 
 -  Which task are you using the least? 
 Other comments? 



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