2.2. Research Infrastructures Mapping (AUTH)

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  • #9868


    On Research Infrastructures Mapping

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     The data feeding the application is based on a web scraping of the MERIL (Mapping of the European Research Infrastructure Landscape) database (also funded funded under Horizon 2020). The database provides access to information about openly accessible research infrastructures in Europe, across all scientific domains. The database contains only those research infrastructures that are of more than national relevance. The MERIL project team is constantly renewing and complementing the database information by working with a network of 60 contacts in EU MS that help to compile and verify this information. Some MS are not covered at all, hence information gathering is a constant work in progress. The data used to develop the application is a web scraping from Spring 2017 and is hence already outdated and incomplete.
     The MERIL portal team is currently developing a set of reporting tools, visualisations, maps, and advanced search options. The official deliverable is to be submitted by end of September. The implementation is expected to be concluded by October 2017. While it does not fit well with Online S3 timeline, we do not have sufficient justification to continue work on sophisticating a separate application that duplicates MERIL portal functions (in development), is based on partial information and does not have a dedicated team behind that checks the information entered by the public.

     The geographical placement of RIs on the map shows frequent errors.
     The public entries of RIs should not be enabled as Online S3 consortium does not have means for verifying this information. It can result only in the display of incoherent and incorrect information.

     The current tool provides some insight in RI landscape in Europe, but is based on partial information and this information gap will only continue to grow with time. The application should be replaced by clear online guidance on how to use the MERIL platform tools for RIS3 purposes. Moreover, we should avoid clear duplication of effort with another project funded by Horizon 2020.

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    About page
    • The about page is too generic. It should talk about research mapping in RIS3. It also too negative in tone and doesn’t serve to encourage use of the application. Some sentences. Also need to be rewritten so it reads in the present tense.

    • Figure 1 should say: select the type of infrastructure, not action.

    • We attempted to search for UK infrastructures at any level and there were only 25 hits, this questionable as every University should have some sort of presence, if not national and regional governments, but more concerning is the fact one of the hits took us to Capo Verde in West Africa, despite being geo-reference in the UK.
    • Why do we also have a word file instead of excel?

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    Within the guide doc, the requirements can be combined with the steps.
    • There could be a function to edit what is inserted in the document to export.
    • Problem with the display if web page is not enlarged fully.
    – Select RI type – the legend and definition would be useful (RIs, ESFRIs, what is the difference between partner countries and coordinator countries)
    – The information is superlimited and it didn’t give you the complete info – not all the research infrastructures are on the map, the contact details to infrastructures are not provided
    – To have a search option – e.g put in the aerospace
    – RI/ESFRI input – who will fill it out and who approves/evaluate it and how long
    – RI/ESRI input – help/about doesn’t work
    – Dissemination info about the web to RIs/ESFRIs
    – The possibility to download a map/illustration of the RIs f/some regions/countries
    – Partner countries to link with the institutes in partner countries
    – Useful f/academia, policy makers
    – A legend would be useful.
    – In the RI FORM and ESFRI FORM the ‘help’ and ‘about’ buttons don’t seem to work.
    – Possibility of downloading the map to provide an illustration in your RIS3 could be interesting.
    1. When clicking on the app, you land on the ‘about’-page and not on the actual application. There’s a button at the top that leads you to the app, but it doesn’t really stand out. Could be made clearer.
    2. The ‘about’ page is very technical: it uses methodological explanations and technical terminology, something not all stakeholders will be familiar with. Also, the text is too long. Both these things will probably set stakeholders off experimenting with the apps. It can be made a lot more attractive by shortening the text and using intermediaries. The lay-out can be made more attractive too. Are there communication experts involved?
    1. What is understood as being a “research infrastructure”? And why is it useful? And who could benefit from this?
    2. The research infrastructures, at least in the Netherlands, are very arbitrary. There must be many more, such as universities. Information is incomplete.
    3. Private RIs are still missing. How to include them?
    1. For our better orientation which apps are ready for use, the button “use the app” could have had different color as button “available soon” – already done 
    2. The button “use the app” should give you the direct access to the application use not to the about page
    3. When on about page, the button “access to application” is colored in yellow which we do understand the purpose behind it, but it looks like that you are on “access to application” page while you’re still on about page
    4. “About” page: The logical steps of the application may be a little bit confusing as it gives an impression that the application will also analyse the data given by the application (the word “explanation” in the Step 4. Description and explanation of results
    5. Some countries – e.g. Slovakia are not covered by the app
    6. Some countries does have just one name (e.g. Slovakia does have only Slovak name – Slovensko without the English equivalent; some other countries – as France, just English name 
    7. It might be useful to provide explanation of abbreviations (RI, ESFRI) for general public as well as the meaning of the “dots” or “place mark/pointer” on the initial map – what’s the difference/meaning behind it? Does it mean that e.g. blue dots = this type of RI; yellow dot = that type of RI or just blue dots = less than 10 RIs in the country, yellow = more than 10?
    8. The pop-up window (after applying the filter – next figure) – be used to scroll button on the mouse can be frustrated when trying to do the same in the pop-up window 
    9. The pop-up window (after applying the filter) – change the line spacing a little to be able to see all the relevant info (“type of facility” … etc up to the 3-5 lines of “description”) in pop-up window without the necessity of that much scrolling
    10. The pop-up window (after applying the filter) – the direct contact to the specific person would be helpful (not only url of the RI) – email linked to the name, phone…
    11. May be worth considering including the information that one can also insert data about a new research infrastructure and not only extract the existing ones (is it possible already? – Step 6. (optional) Update the list of RIs by adding a new or missing RI.
    12. May be worth considering to include guidance on how to save results in the map display format…
    13. Format errors: – Guide section
    Step 1: Selection of the kind of action you are interested in.
    During this step you have to choose either to search for a National RI/ESFRI or to add one. This can be done by clicking on the appropriate link,_from the navigation menu on top.
    Step 4: Export your results on a report.
    Once you have applied the filters that better correspond to your needs, you can extract the results displayed on the map into a .doc report. In order to extract this report you have to click the “Export Doc” button. A new pop-up window will appear, in which you have to specify the folder in which the report is going to be saved. Be careful, in case you have not applied any filter in advance, the report will contain all the RIs of the database.
    14. The exported report in .doc can be made more attractive.

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