Copac user survey results 2012

Many thanks all those who filled in our annual user survey in Jan/Feb this year. This has given us some immensely valuable feedback and we really appreciate the time our 1,603 respondents put into this.

Overall most people are very happy with Copac but there were also plenty of good ideas for enhancements and additions. We are reviewing all the feedback and will use this to support the Copac development work currently underway, as well as helping us prioritise the next steps in the development of the service.

A summary report is available (below) but the main features are:

The Copac service is focussed on supporting the UK academic community and this is reflected in the fact that:

  • 76% of respondents are UK based or affiliated with a UK institution;
  • whilst 65% of users are based within the Higher Education sector;
  • There was representation across all subject areas, with the Humanities and Social Sciences representing 55% of subject choices.

Copac users are extremely positive about the service:

  • 91% of UK respondents agreed that using Copac saved them time;
  • and it was seen as easy to use by 90% of UK respondents;
  • with 97% of UK respondents saying they would recommend Copac to others.

We received really useful feedback about what people most valued about Copac. This grouped into three main areas of data coverage, ease of uses, and data quality.

We also has many very valuable comments about changes people would like to see, with diverse ideas relating particularly to interface facilities and deduplication, as well as increased library coverage, interface enhancements and record quality.

You can download the full report: Copac user survey 2012

Copac Beta trial interface

There is now a Beta version of the Copac interface available for trial at http://beta.copac.ac.uk/.

We’re working towards making Copac a more personalised research tool and we’d love to have your feedback on the current range of developments. Try out the Beta version of Copac, explore the new features, then fill in a brief questionnaire to give us your views about the changes so far. In appreciation we’ll put your name in a hat to win a £35 Amazon voucher. The Beta interface will be available for comment until May 29th.

Note: Access to the Beta version of Copac is currently restricted to members of UK academic institutions, you will need to login with your university/college username (or Athens username). The developments will be made more widely available in the future and there will continue to be a free access version of Copac available to everyone.