Downloading times in developing countries: survey needing your help

Forwarded from Anne Powell. Please pass this on to anyone who might be interested and reply to her:

INASP is looking for volunteers in developing countries to assist them in collecting data about the relative download speeds of several websites and will use this information to assist publishers to make their websites more accessible in low-bandwidth situations.

They have created a set of short exercises for participants to undertake with feedback via an Excel spreadsheet (which can be downloaded). Please note there are 4 worksheets in this file.

Participants can work through the process recording their results and opinions. Please comment on any aspects of possible interest in terms of speed, interface clarity and functionality. While there are numerous factors which could affect download speeds, this study will provide a starting point. If you find you are unable to open any files, please just indicate this in your results.

To try to minimise other variables, all programmes except Excel should be closed before starting this exercise.

All those submitting valid data before 31 May 2011 will be entered in a draw for $75 Amazon vouchers. This is open to anyone, so please circulate the information widely.



About jgreigshaw

I work with Partnerships in Health Information which promotes partnership between libraries in Africa and the UK with an emphasis in African leadership. I have visited Kenya, Mali, Uganda and Zambia though Phi has contacts in many more African countries.
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