Who Am I Forgetting?

I’m currently working on the development of user scenarios for the Excel add-in.  That means I’m charged with summing up all of the scientists that might use this add-in with a few concise, tidy profiles, then predicting how they might use the Add-in.

Step 1: Categorizing Scientists.  You can help! If you see a category I’ve missed (or mistakenly ignored), please let me know.  You can email me or comment on this post below.

  1. Level of education
    1. BS/BA
    2. MS
    3. PhD
  2.  Job/status: 
    1. undergrad science major
    2. grad student (MS)
    3. grad student (PhD)
    4. postdoc
    5. research assistant
    6. researcher (not tenure-track)
    7. tenure-track faculty
    8. tenured faculty
    9. retired/emeritus
  3. Research status
    1. active, contributor
    2. active, PI
    3. inactive, contributor
    4. inactive, PI
  4. Affiliation
    1. Academic institution (R1)
    2. Academic institution (undergrad focus)
    3. Academic lab or research center
    4. Government agency/lab
    5. NGO
    6. museum
  5.  Type of researcher
    1. models and/or data analysis only
    2. lab work
    3. field work
  6. Programs used
    1. Excel only
    2. Excel + scripted programs (R, matlab)
    3. Excel + statistics software
    4. Excel + GIS
    5. Excel + Databases

Check out this cartoon to get your creative juices flowing:

How people in science see each other (created by @biomatushiq) on Twitpic

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4 thoughts on “Who Am I Forgetting?

  1. What about age? Do you think age is negatively correlated with computer skills/knowledge, and would therefore influence how they use your add-in?


  2. cstrasser says:

    Oooh good one. I assumed age would correlate with status/job, but that’s not always the case. I met lots of grad students at the American Fisheries Society meeting who were returning to grad school after working in fisheries for many years…

  3. Jenny Reiswig says:

    Does “research” assistants include administrative assistants? The Excel whiz in a unit may very well be an AA who really isn’t involved with the research in other more sciencey ways.

  4. It depends how broad you want this to be (and therefore whether you are delibrately leaving these out) but other things I spotted for the job status were lab technicians, clinical researchers, clinical trial coordinators, corporate research positions e.g. Project Leader, Senior Researchers etc. And again for the affiliations, you could also add hospitals, corporate (e.g. pharma, biotech etc), CROs

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