Asked ~ 200 scientists How do you use Excel? What is your workﬂow? How do you capture metadata? Plans for saving & sharing data?
Scientist Responses How often are they using Excel? Rarely What are they using Excel for? Moder-‐ 100 ately 90 Every day or 80 almost 70 60 every day 50 40 30 20 10 0 Organizing Visualizing Statistics Sharing data data data
Scientist Responses • No data preservation – Unaware of archives – Resistant to sharing • Poor data documentation • 90% use Excel w/ other programs
Requirements Features Best practices check Generate metadata (EML) Generate identiﬁer + citation Post data to repository
Open Source Tool Add-‐in & Web Application Earth, environmental, ? ecological researchers
Add-‐in • Software you download & install • Appears as “ribbon” in Excel • Works for Windows Excel 2007+ Web-‐based application • Website that does something with user’s ﬁles • Any platform • But… new user interface
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