- 2017-09-10 at 16:40 #9857
Comments on RVA
- 2017-10-05 at 16:39 #10171
The application may be interesting for users, but first the methodology needs to be specified so that the users are clear about it and know exactly how to interpret the scores.
Hence there are several issues that would further improve the application:
– please specify how the related variety is calculated. A formula for that calculation is missing from the Guideline for the ONLINE S3 toolbox Tool/application Related Variety Analysis
– p. 6: “the application uses EUROSTAT’s data with regards to the regional employment statistics. The worker specialization of each region is extracted by this data source “ – please specify directly which data the application uses, together with their EUROSTAT codes. This would help end users know which variables they are dealing with
– p. 6: “If the LQ of a sector is beyond a certain threshold, the sector is considered to be “specialized”“ – please specify which threshold in order to help users interpret the results;
– p. 6: “To extract the technological specialization of a region, the application uses data coming from PATSTAT, which is the main database where most of the European and International patents are stored. The data which have been retrieved by this database, have been combined and have been used to calculate multiple statistical factors which are further used to extract the technological specialization“. The application would be more transparent if it were specified how exactly the technological specialization is calculated. For the same reason one would also need to see clearly which data exactly the application uses
– p. 6: “Perform statistical analysis to retrieve sectors with high correlation “. Please specify methodology for this calculation. Policy makers would be interested to know.
– p. 8: “We have chosen to display the sectors that correspond to the 75% of the total“ – please specify this exactly at the website, so that the users can see this immediately when doing the analysis. This would also enhance transparency of the application.
– p. 11 – “These red squares are displayed only if this sector appears to be highly correlated with other sectors. The correlation between sectors has been already calculated by using global and european patent related data.“ – Please specify what means to be “highly correlated“. Please also specify which global and European patent related data exactly have been used in this calculation.
Furthermore, there are currently two issues re functionality of the application:
– At the moment (2/10 and 3/10 2017) one cannot login
– The drop-down menu at the opening website (http://relatedvariety.s3platform.eu/app.php) does not show all EU member states; it only works if one types in the name of the country one is looking to analyse. Although this is exactly the way it is described in the guidelines, it would make it easier for the users if they had a full-fledged drop-down menu.
- 2017-10-30 at 17:04 #10513
• Use a similar search bar as in app 2.1 (Regional Asser mapping) with predetermined/predetermined regions. For example, entering “Netherlands” without capital letter the country will not be identified.
• Display the sectors without having to click on them (and have an option to hide them).
• Comparison tool between regions.
• “LQ” not defined in the app: use the app 5.5 (Calls consultation) definition function to explain the meaning of the LQ abbreviation; in the “about” section of app 5.5 the acronyms SF and RIS3 are defined when the pointer is on them.
• Change the names of the already existing tabs to:
1st Tab: Productive Sectors in the area
2nd Tab: Sectors in which the area is specialized
3rd Tab: As is
4th Tab: under discussion
• Disambiguate the whole methodology process.
• Identify the use of either two or three digit codes.
• Explain in more detail what “correlated sectors” stands for.
• Add information on how this data have been acquired and how the new Database has been created.
• Further discussion on desired the final outcome of the application is needed.
• Edit the guide button in the Application tab
Overall Appearance & User-friendliness
– ‘About’-page: the usage of quite complex and specialist language might deter users from experimenting with the app.
– It is easy to understand and use the app.
– Might be good to better elaborate on which sources the data is derived from.
– “About” page – I know that Access to Application is in yellow due to emphasize it, but I would suggest to e.g. underline page you are on (e.g. About, Guide etc) as it is confusing when looking at the header and it looks like I am on Access to Application page all the time – just a thought (applies to all apps)
– About: Step 1. Visit the main page of the appliciation and search… => the unification is needed: either Acces to application with hyperlink or something else
– Access to application: By clicking on a circle you can see or hide its name and number of workers, if it is not a region . (DOT IS TOO FAR)
– Is it possible to create one more dimension when user could see the situation in different visualization for example pie chart? Or compare two regions?
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