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Kultur Project User Survey Report

5th August 2008

Victoria Sheppard Kultur Project Manager University of Southampton

Introduction The Kultur survey was carried out to gather information about the needs of the project’s target user group. It was directed at academics working at the three arts institutions involved in the project, the University of the Arts London (UAL), University College for the Creative Arts (UCCA) and Winchester School of Arts (WSA) at the University of Southampton. The aim was to find out what kind of material a creative arts institutional repository will need to accommodate, what would most encourage researchers to use it, and any potential barriers. Researchers were asked practical questions about their working practices and they were also asked directly for their views on disseminating their work online. The results reveal some general patterns in user behaviour and attitudes. The second stage of the project user analysis will complement these broad results with more detailed individual user case studies, based on face to face interviews with researchers.

Methodology The project team sought advice on the survey design, methodology and analysis from a social statistics researcher based at Southampton. The survey was conducted between 8th February and 7th March 2008. An online version was emailed to staff, and paper copies were distributed in staff pigeonholes.1 Copies were also made available at library sites. Reminder emails were sent out in the week before the initial closing date (29th Feb). At this point it was decided to extend the closing date by a week to boost responses, and another set of reminders was issued in the form of personal emails and phone calls, with some success. The survey was anonymous, but respondents were given the option of including their name and contact details if they wanted to be entered for a draw at each institution to win £30 Amazon vouchers.

Responses There were 199 valid responses. This figure represents a response rate of 18% (based on a target size of 1132 academic staff), but the response rate varied quite significantly across institutions: Institution UAL UCCA WSA

Targeted 1000 100 32

Surveys received* 115 49 10

Response rate 12% 49% 31%

*The total number of surveys received is greater than 199 because 5 respondents indicated that they were based at both UCCA and UAL There were a number of factors which may have influenced the lower response rate at UAL, including the large number of part-time staff employed (who don’t always have easy


A pdf of the paper version can be found on the Kultur project website, http://kultur.eprints.org/docs/Questionnaire%20WEB%20VERSION.pdf


have access to PCs at work). It may also have been a case of bad timing as an online survey about IT had also been sent round to UAL staff shortly before the Kultur one.

Mode of response The online version of the survey proved the most popular mode of response - 78% of respondents completed the survey online, with 22% of respondents returning paper copies to the project team.

Weighting The responses were weighted to compensate for the different levels of non response across the institutions, and to correct subsequent biases in the results. Lower response groups (UAL and WSA) were given a larger weight than UCCA.2

Presentation of results In this report, a summary of the results is followed by a more detailed breakdown of the responses to each question. For each question the overall response figures are given and, where significant, any cross-tabulated results. The aim of the cross-tabulations was to ascertain any differences in behaviour and attitudes between subgroups. The variables used to distinguish subgroups were: • • • •

Institution Type of research respondents involved in (theory, practice, or mixture of both) Whether or not respondents produce digital work Whether or