The team from SEWeb are looking for volunteers to help us carry out usability testing of the Scotland’s environment website.
The Scotland’s environment website brings together environmental information and data in one place so that it is easy to search, discover, view, analyse and interpret.
In June, a new look test version of the website will be launched. This is as a result of earlier user feedback that has helped us identify areas where improvements could be made. The site will be very much a work in progress, with more development planned, but we would like to gather feedback on the changes made so far.
To help us do this we are looking for volunteers to take part in online usability testing. This would involve completing a series of short tasks and letting us know how you got on. The tasks will involve testing out the new map tool, finding information and data on key environmental topics, navigation around the website and the general look, feel and design. You can choose to take part in one or more of the test tasks, with each taking 10-15 minutes.
Your help with usability testing will provide us with valuable feedback that will help us make further improvements to the website.
If you would like to volunteer to take part in online user testing, please get in touch with the Scotland’s environment Team by using one of the links below to indicate which test tasks you would like to participate in:
- New map tool
- Finding information and data
- Look, feel and design
- More than one test task – please indicate in your email which of the test tasks you would like to participate in.
Full instructions will be provided and all tests are carried out anonymously so responses will not be attributed to individuals. We look forward to hearing from you.
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On this day in 1880, Helen Stormonth Ogilivie was born who, as far as we know, was the first woman to be employed by what is now Marine Scotland Science.
Born in Dundee, Ms Ogilvie studied at Dundee University College at the time it became affiliated to St Andrews University and graduated with an MA and also a BSc, with distinction in Botany and Zoology.
Ms Ogilvie started working for the Fishery Board for Scotland around 1911, and at this time also began working with Professor Haaken Hasberg Gran, a prominent Norwegian botanist, analysing phytoplankton samples. The work led to her first publication with Prof Gran describing the phytoplankton and planktonic food of fishes.
She came to work at the Aberdeen Laboratory in 1926 and dedicated most of her career to the study of phytoplankton. She also published a number of scientific papers in her own right, including a description of the copepod (a small marine animal) which is the reference work for these creatures, still used today.
Following her retirement in 1946 Ms Ogilvie continued her interest and remained voluntarily at the laboratory until her health began to fade. Upon leaving she bequeathed a wonderful array of books, from her own personal collection, to the Aberdeen Laboratory; which we still have on display in our Marine Laboratory Library.
Marine Scotland is planning to host two NERC Innovation Placements. The placements, which are currently open to applications, will look at policy areas related to marine renewables, and scientific areas related to underwater noise.
Marine Acoustics Placement
During this placement, the candidate will have the opportunity to work with underwater noise data from across the east coast of Scotland. We’re looking for someone who can help us to review data collection processes and develop analytical and reporting processes.
Marine Planning and Policy Placement
During this placement, the candidate will work to support the development of a marine plan for floating offshore wind. They will also contribute to work on the Scottish Offshore Renewable Research Framework (SpORRAn), which is a tool used by Marine Scotland to identify knowledge gaps around marine renewables policy.
- More details of the scheme and how to apply are available on the NERC website at: http://www.nerc.ac.uk/funding/available/schemes/innovation-placements/
- More information about Marine Scotland can be found on our website: http://www.gov.scot/Topics/marine
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