MB-System User Community Estimate from Downloads

We all periodically need to justify our existence (at least with respect to funding), and a key way to justify the resources devoted to MB-System by MBARI and NSF is to document a significant user community. Since we don't sell MB-System, and we don't ask users to register in any way, usefully estimating the scale of the MB-System user community is a difficult endeavor. We do have three sources of information: membership in the MB-System Discussion List, emails to us not routed through the Discussion List (http://listserver.mbari.org/sympa/info/mbsystem), and our records of source distribution downloads. We generally seek to estimate the list of organizations rather than of individuals that use MB-System.
 
We assume that signing up for ~400 emails per year regarding MB-System indicates a fair degree of interest, and therefore regard all list members as "users". However, there are clearly many users that do not sign up for all these emails. Some read the posts through the online interface, some choose to email us separately, and some apparently just don't need any help. As of January 25, 2012, the MB-System Discussion List had 235 members successfully receiving emails. During 2011, there were 412 posts to the Discussion List. On August 10, 2012, there were 245 registered members, and there had been 335 posts so far this year.
 
Inferring usage from the records of downloads is more problematic. The download list consists of the ip addresses associated with downloads and the files downloaded. During 2011, MB-System source distributions were downloaded 2535 times from 925 unique ip addresses. In many cases, the ip addresses are resolved to identifiable domain addresses (e.g. somemachine.mbari.org) that allow us to know which organization is associated with the download, but the great majority of download ip's are either unresolved or resolve to commercial ISPs like comcast.net. Further, compiled MB-System distributions are available for Mac OS X through the Fink Project, for Red Hat Linux systems through the Scripps Institution of Oceanography's Shipboard Technical Support group, and as part of the Poseiden Linux distribution (an Ubuntu variant). We have no tracking of MB-System installations through these other distributions, but it is anecdotally clear that these are increasingly popular. Thus, a large part of the community that downloads the MB-System source distributions is undocumented. However, it must also be noted that downloading does not necessarily imply usage, and very likely some of the organizations that we identify as downloading MB-System may in fact not be installing and using it. For instance, it seems likely that a past download by someone at National Cash Register (NCR) was probably not related to any major NCR product development projects. Finally, we frequently receive emails from people using old MB-System installations; these users are certainly users, but they do not show up in recent download logs because they haven't downloaded anything lately.
 
Despite the above uncertainties, we have used a combination of Discussion List membership and identified source distribution downloads to construct a list of organizations that have recently expressed a significant level of interest in MB-System. For better or worse, this represents our best estimate of the current user base.
 
The following 197 organizations are inferred to have used MB-System during 2011-2012 because at least one of the following is true:

U.S. Academic (41)
American Museum of Natural History
California State University Humboldt
California State University Monterey Bay
Florida Atlantic University
Florida State University
Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory, Columbia University
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
MBARI
Medical University of South Carolina
Miami University
North Carolina State University
Ohio State University
Oregon State University
Scripps Institution of Oceanography, UCSD
San Diego Supercomputer Center, UCSD
Santa Clara University
Stanford University
Texas A&M University
University Corporation for Atmospheric Research
University of Alabama
University of Alaska
University of California Davis
University of California Irvine
University of California Riverside
University of California Santa Barbara
University of California Santa Cruz
University of Hawaii
University of Houston
University of Maine
University of Minnesota
University of Mississippi
University of New Hampshire
University of North Carolina
University of Oklahoma
University of South Carolina
University of South Florida
University of Texas Austin
University of Washington
University of Wisconsin
University of Wyoming
Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution

Non-U.S. Academic (68)
Alfred Wegener Institut, Germany
Anadolu University, Turkey
Australian National University, Australia
Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Israel
Burapha University, Thailand
Chiba University, Japan
Delft University of Technology, Netherlands
Ecole Nationale Superieure de Techniques Avancees Bretagne, France
Fluminense Federal University, Brazil
Friedrich-Schiller-Universitat Jena, Germany
GEOMAR, Germany
HafenCity Universitat Hamburg, Germany
Hellenic Centre for Marine Research, Greece
Helmholtz-Zentrum Geesthacht Centre for Materials and Coastal Research, Germany
Institut Pierre Simon Laplace, France
Institute for Systems and Robotics Lisbon, Portugal
Institute of Marine Research, Norway
Institution du Physique du Globe de Paris, France
Instituto Superior de Engenharia do Porto, Portugal
Jacobs University, Germany
Kumamoto University, Japan
Kunsan National University, Korea
Leibniz Institute for Baltic Sea Research Germany
MARUM, University of Bremen, Germany
Memorial University, Canada
Moscow State University, Russia
Northumbria University, United Kingdom
Oxford University, United Kingdom
Plymouth University, United Kingdom
Pontificia Universidad Catolica de Valparaiso, Chile
Russian State Hydrometeorological University, Russia
Sheffield University, United Kingdom
Sun Yat-Sen University, China
Tokyo Institute of Technology
Trinity College Dublin, Ireland
Universidad de Granada, Spain
Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico, Mexico
Universidade de Brasilia, Brazil
Universidade do Algarve, Portugal
Universita Degli Studi di Parma, Italy
Universitat de Girona, Spain
Universitat Hamburg, Germany
Universitat Kiel, Germany
Universitat Oldenburg, Germany
Universitat Politecnica de Catalunya Barcelona, Spain
Universitat Wurzburg, Germany
Universitatea Alexandru Ioan Cuza, Romania
Universite Brest (France)
Universite Laval, Canada
Universiteit Gent, Belgium
Universitet Stockholm, Sweden
Universitetet i Oslo, Norway
University of Auckland, New Zealand
University of British Columbia, Canada
University of Cambridge, United Kingdom
University of Durham, United Kingdom
University of Galway, Ireland
University of Iceland, Iceland
University of Manitoba, Canada
University of Otago, New Zealand
University of Patras, Greece
University of Stirling, United Kingdom
University of Southhampton, United Kingdom
University of the Highlands and Islands, United Kingdom
University of Tokai, Japan
University of Tokyo, Japan
University of Victoria, Canada
Yamaguchi University, Japan

U.S. Government Agency (11)
Coastal Services Center, NOAA, United States
Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences, NOAA, United States
National Geophysical Data Center, NOAA, United States
National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency, United States
Oregon Department of Geology and Mineral Industries, United States
Pacific Marine Environmental Laboratory, NOAA, United States
United States Antarctic Program, United States
United States Bureau of Reclamation, United States
United States Coast Guard
United States Geological Survey, United States
United States Navy, United States

Non-U.S. Government Agency (40)
Applied Geoscience and Technology Division, SOPAC, Fiji
British Antarctic Survey, United Kingdom
Bundesamt fur Seeschifffahrt und Hydrographie (BSH), Germany
Bundesanstalt für Geowissenschaften und Rohstoffe (BGR), Germany
Centre Mediterrani d'Investigacions Marines i Ambientals, Spain
Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Cientificas, Spain
CSIRO Marine and Atmospheric Research, Australia
Defence Research and Development Canada, Canada
Department of Defense, Australia
Direccion Nacional de Recursos Acuaaticos, Uruguay
Directorate of Fisheries, Iceland
Fisheries and Oceans Canada, Canada
Fundacao Centro Tecnologico de Hidraulica, Brazil
Geoscience Australia, Australia
GFZ German Research Centre for Geosciences, Germany
GNS Science, New Zealand
Iceland Geosurvey, Iceland
IFREMER, France
Instituto de Investigaciones Electricas, Mexico
Instituto di Scienze Marine, Italy
Instituto Nacional de Investigacion u Desarrollo Pesquero, Argentina
Institutul National de Cercetare-Dezvoltare pentru Geologie si Geoecologie Marina, Romania
Istituto di Scienza e Tecnologie dell'Informazione, Italy
Istituto Nazionale di Geofisica e Vulcanologia, Italy
JAMSTEC, Japan
KORDI, Korea
Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology, Korea
Mamara Research Center, Turkey
Marine Research Institute, Iceland
Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources, Indonesia
National Defense and Canadian Forces, Canada
National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology, Japan
National Institute of Oceanography, India
NATO NURC, Italy
Natural Resources Canada, Canada
NIWA, New Zealand
Petroleum Agency South Africa, South Africa
Swedish Maritime Administration, Sweden
Urząd Morski w Szczecinie, Poland
United Kingdom Hydrographic Office, United Kingdom

Commercial (37)
1Ocean, (United States)
Abyss Diving and ROV Services, Commercial (Norway)
ALBUS, Commercial (Australia)
Altas Electroniik, Commercial (Germany)
Atlantide, Commercial (France)
Baars-CIPRO, Commercial (Netherlands)
C&C Technologies, Commercial (United States)
Chevron, Commercial (Global)
Consciousystems, Commercial (United States)
Falkanger Snyder Martineau & Yates, Commercial (United States)
Fielax, Commercial (Germany)
General Dynamics, Commercial (United States)
Geonautics, Commercial (Italy)
Google, Commercial (United States)
Hitachi, Commercial (Japan)
Intec Sea, Commercial (Global)
ISE, (Canada)
Kawasaki Geological Engineering, Commercial (Japan)
KESTI, Commercial (Korea)
Kinsale Angling, Commercial (Ireland)
Korea Seabed Information, Commercial (Korea)
MMT, Commercial (United Kingdom)
Nomad Labs, Commercial (Germany)
Ocean Floor Geophysics (Canada)
Ocean Imaging Consultants, Commercial (United States)
Oceanworks International, Commercial (United States, Canada)
Petrobras, Commercial (Brazil)
Scanbio, Commercial (Norway)
Stone Aerospace, Commercial (United States)
Tekmap Consulting, Commercial (Canada)
Teledyne, Commercial (United States)
Thales, Commercial (Global)
Tokyo Cartographic Company, Commercial (Japan)
Viking Yachts, Commercial (United States)
VITO, Commercial (Belgium)
Wood Group, Commercial (Global)
Z-pulley, Commercial (United States)

 

Last Updated: 15 August 2012