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What, if any, usability studies have been conducted and subsequently published (in any format) on USGS products or tools? If people are aware of any, I'd love links or citations! 

I am aware of the Bird Banding Lab having had a university partner conduct UX study on one or more of their UIs (pers. comm. Tony Celis), but am not sure that the study results or lessons learned have been shared internally. 

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  1. Unknown User (

    Hi Unknown User (, I also know that there were other USGS projects that collaborated with the User eXperience Lab at the University of Tennessee, College of Communication and Information. I will reach out to Rachel Volentine, the Lab Manager, to see if I can get a list of projects. Thanks, Sophie

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    2. Unknown User (

      Per Rachel's feedback, the User eXperience Lab had collaborated so far with the following USGS projects:

      • Science Data Catalog in 2013, 2015, and 2018 (usability studies in 2013, 2015, and 2018; also did eye tracking in 2018)

      • Data Management website in 2018 (heuristic evaluation and card sorting)

      If anyone would like additional information about these projects, please let me know, and I can help in connecting you with Rachel. Thanks.

      1. Rachel also helped us with a usability study on ScienceBase data release landing pages. It was combined with the Science Data Catalog usability test in 2015.