Request for File – DataONE users

From: Jessel, Tanner Monroe
Sent: Wednesday, November 14, 2012 6:22 PM
To: Dave Vieglais; Mitchell, Chad Matthew
Cc: Amber E Budden
Subject: Request for File – DataONE users

Hello Dave,

I’m a Masters candidate in Information Science at UT-Knoxville working as a GRA on the DataONE project with Dr. Tenopir.

I’m working on a research question regarding social networks and influence within the DataONE user community.

Poking around on the DataONE site, I found a document you’d created in October of 2011 that I believe will be helpful in exploring this topic.

It’s called “List of DataONE users and groups” and apparently was created using a python script.

The exact filename is 2011025_dataone_users.xls

I found this file under “Project Information” <> on the main navigation menu of the DataONE docs site.

The download URL for the document is located on this page:, along with this description:

This spreadsheet lists members of DataONE, their group memberships and mailing list memberships. It is generated by the python script located in subversion software/tools/trunk/listusers/ executed with the command: python -x file_name

I’m interested in this file as a view of historic membership of the DataONE community, but I’m also interested in re-creating the file to reflect current membership on the site.

I’m working with Chad Mitchell, another Masters candidate and research assistant at

He has some experience with python and I’m curious as well – if it’s possible for you to share, we’d like to learn how to generate a new file reflecting current membership.

Is this something that we or someone on the Dev team would have access to?

Barring re-creating your methods, we’d appreciate if you could supply us with a 2012 version of the d1_users.xls file.

Thanks for any help,


Tanner Jessel
Graduate Research Assistant:
Data Observation Network for Earth (DataONE)

Center for Information and Communication Studies
The University of Tennessee
Mail: 1345 Circle Park Drive, Suite 420
Physical: Hoskins 5, Room 5-H
865-974-7931 (voice)
865-974-7973 (fax)


About Tanner Jessel

I am a recent M.S. in Information Science graduate from the University of Tennessee School of Information Science. I was formerly a graduate research assistant funded by DataONE (Data Observation Network for Earth). Prior, I worked for four years as a content lead and biodiversity scientist with the U.S. Geological Survey's Biodiversity Informatics Program. Building on my work experience in biodiversity and environmental informatics, my work with DataONE focused on exploring the nature of scientific collaborations necessary for scientific inquiry. I also conducted research concerning user experience and usability, and assisted in development of member nodes with an emphasis on spatial data and infrastructure. I assisted with research designed to understand sociocultural issues within collaborative research communities. Through August 1, 2014, I was based at the Center for Information and Communication Studies at the University of Tennessee School of Information Science in Knoxville, Tennessee.

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