Correspondence: Request for File โ€“ DataONE users

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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 โ€“ DataONE users

Hello Dave,

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

Iโ€™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 youโ€™d created in October of 2011 that I believe will be helpful in exploring this topic.

Itโ€™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

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

Iโ€™m working with Chad Mitchell, another Masters candidate and research assistant at


He has some experience with python and Iโ€™m curious as well โ€“ if itโ€™s possible for you to share, weโ€™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, weโ€™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)

About Tanner Jessel

I am a graduate research assistant funded by DataONE and pursuing a Masters in Information Sciences with an Interdisciplinary Graduate Minor in Computational Science. I assist scholarly research efforts supporting the Sociocultural, Usability and Assessment, and Member Nodes working groups within DataONE. I am 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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