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iSGTW - Link of the Week: What our readers said

Link of the Week - It's you, the reader!

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What our readers told us in the survey

The link of the week this week is . . . iSGTW, and the subject is you, the readers.

Over ten percent of you responded to our 9-question readership survey-double the rate of our previous surveys-and your responses revealed some things we expected. And some things we didn't.

For instance, we found that most subscribers read it once per week, scientists and information technology professionals account for 76% of our readers, nearly half (48%) are involved with the EGEE project; and the vast majority of our readers (85%) are male. Most fall between the ages of 31 and 40.

But between the survey and some other analytical tools, we also found that while people overwhelmingly prefer articles that are about the same length as now, they also do like longer, in-depth articles on occasion.

Despite some glitches with the survey software (thanks to everyone who noticed the improperly formatted checkboxes!) we did learn more what about you want to see covered. The most popular topics were grid security, grid applications and technology. Finance was also up there.

We also had an open-ended question, giving you readers the opportunity to type in suggested areas of coverage. In general, "high energy physics" seemed to be the most popular item volunteered by our readers; next came any sort of story on astronomy and earth science.

But our readers have pretty wide-ranging interests, including seismology, humanities, "industry use cases," mathematics and finance. One reader wrote that "I think variety is your strong point." Another said, "It's fun, has a nice balance of technical and quirky articles, and it also has decent pictures and 'wow' articles."

So, with this all in mind, we'll try to plan our future issues.

We're listening.

And don't forget that we are holding a drawing to select the winners of the free GridCafe memorabilia. So, if you get an e-mail from us with someone in the subject line saying that you're a winner, it's not spam.

-Dan Drollette, iSGTW

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