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Surveying Scientists’ Use of Computers

Computers are as important to modern scientists as test tubes, but we know surprisingly little about how scientists develop and use software in their research. To find out, the University of Toronto, Simula Research Laboratory, and the National Research Council of Canada have launched an online survey in conjunction with American Scientist magazine. If you have 20 minutes to take part, please go to:

We’d also be grateful if you’d spread the word through any mailing lists, blogs, or bulletin boards you have access to. Thanks for your help!

Jo Hannay (Simula Research Laboratory)
Hans Petter Langtangen (Simula Research Laboratory)
Dietmar Pfahl (Simula Research Laboratory)
Janice Singer (National Research Council of Canada)
Greg Wilson (University of Toronto)


Written by Greg Wilson

2008/10/15 at 08:48

Posted in Community, Content, Research

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  1. […] Surveying Scientists’ Use of Computers […]

  2. Yep, it’s true we know very little about scientists’ use of computers.. I will surely take part of the survey but… Is it possible to get a copy of the results once published? Scientists are my research target, would be great to meet experiences.. Thank you,Maria


    2008/10/27 at 08:50

  3. […] MacLeod is extending our survey of how scientists use […]

  4. […] project portals last Friday; the SE-CSE’09 paper summarizing the results of our survey of how scientists use computers is almost done, and I’ve got a few minutes to kill before two students arrive from the […]

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