MGIS 2019 survey results

Hi everyone

This article is about the result analysis of the survey conducted on the MGIS website from July to September 2019. I would like to thank all survey respondents. We also appreciate the positive feedback we received as well as the constructive comments. We had 23 respondents, which is not a massive response but on the other hand google analytics informs us that we receive an average of 23 visitors a day since January 2019. Knowing that MGIS is focused on a very specific research domain, it is not a low response rate.

Summary

23 respondents:

  • 17 English speakers
  • 3 Spanish speakers
  • 3 French speakers

Overall, MGIS web site got a positive feedback from the respondents in term of design and content. Our visitors expect more characterization data and they also want more agronomic data such as biotic and abiotic stress tolerance, pest and disease resistance and post-harvest traits. Pictures are also of interest for most users. Synonyms are also important. Even if the web site seems intuitive enough to navigate, users are looking for a more dynamic web site in term of updates (new entry topics), more adapted to mobile device navigation and more filter features, especially for agronomic data mentioned above. A majority of respondents were not aware of the export tool feature and those who knew it see room for improvement.

The Musa Online Ordering System (MOOS) is known by a majority of respondents and works well even if sometimes the process is seen as cumbersome. It should be noted that the MOOS is only for requesting material from Bioversity International Musa Germplasm Transit Centre (ITC). The distribution of Musa material falls under the International Treaty for Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (ITPGRFA) rules and therefore a Standard Material Transfer Agreement (SMTA) is required for any exchange of Musa germplasm. The MOOS steps were made to collect the mandatory data for generating a well formed document.

In 2019 we started to think about a new version of the MGIS web site and the feedback collected through the MGIS web site survey will help us to design this new version to be consistent with what visitors are expecting in term of user interface and content. We will keep you posted with these changes that will come in 2020.

Thank you again for your confidence in our work, the MGIS Team

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