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The RISM survey

The RISM Central Office carried out a survey about the online catalog from October 30, 2014 to February 28, 2015 (view the survey questions here). In total, 551 valid responses were received, 342 in English and 209 in German. The survey was part of a larger, year-long user study that examined how people interact with the online catalog.

Please contact us with any questions you might have: contact@rism.info.

Publications and Conferences

    Comments from the survey

    Our initial reactions to some of your comments were posted the week of August 10, 2015. For a full evaluation of all the comments, please see The RISM Online User Survey: Report, above.

    First up, we talked about coverage in RISM and how we cite secondary literature.

    Next, we talked about the chronological limits of RISM and how these limits are set.

    Lastly, we discussed the issue of libraries, coverage, and completeness.

    Libraries, Coverage, and Completeness




    Research team: Martina Falletta, Alexander Marxen, Jennifer Ward
    Questions in German: martina.falletta@rism.info, alexander.marxen@rism.info
    Questions in English: jennifer.ward@rism.info



    • May 13: Full report of the survey posted, including all questions and comments


    • September 29: Posted the survey questions as a PDF file and added slides to the Stuttgart presentation

    • August 14: Third installment of our responses to comments posted

    • August 12: More responses to comments posted

    • August 10: We started posting our responses to some of the comments received to the survey (see here).

    • June 23: Initial results presented at IAML/IMS Congress in New York City

    • May 29: Initial results of survey posted here

    • May 13: Follow-up study almost complete, but we would like to test more students. If you are a student and interested in solving 2 tasks using the online catalog (ca. 15 minutes), please contact us: contact@rism.info.

    • May 12: All prizes have been shipped to the prizewinners.

    • April 10: We contacted people who expressed interest in participating in our follow-up study. We will be conducting this phase in April and May. If you are interested in participating, contact us: contact@rism.info.

    • March 30: In total, 198 people entered the prize drawing. We drew 25 winners and notified them. Prizes were mailed in April.