Uptake of e-Research in a Social Science

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Brief presentation of three initial findings from a case study of collaboration in LIS, a case study that we have undertaken to examine the influence of socio-technical issues on the uptake of e-research.

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  • Good Afternoon. My name is ________ and I work as a doctoral student at______________ Today I will be speaking to you about three initial findings from a case study of collaboration in LIS, a case study that we have undertaken to examine the influence of socio-technical issues on the uptake of e-research.
  • Uptake of e-Research in a Social Science

    1. 1. Marisa Ponti & Diane H. Sonnenwald Göteborg University & University College of Borås Sweden Investigating the Potential Uptake of E-Research within a Social Science Discipline: Socio-technical Issues within Library & Information Science
    2. 2. Introduction <ul><li>Library & Information science (LIS) </li></ul><ul><li>- Focuses on the use of technology in info environments </li></ul><ul><li>- Historically a ’less privileged’ discipline but valuable: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>£1.00 spent in support of public libraries </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>= £4.40 in terms of gross regional product, time </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>& money saved ( British Library, 2004) </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Challenges facing LIS </li></ul><ul><li>- Not ”big science” </li></ul><ul><li>- Not historically an academic discipline </li></ul><ul><li>- Limited research funding </li></ul><ul><li>- Practice-research gap </li></ul>Can e-Research help to fill the gap?
    3. 3. Research Question & Methods <ul><li>Question </li></ul><ul><li>- How do socio-technical aspects of work organization </li></ul><ul><ul><li>interplay with the heterogeneous interests of actors in a collaborative project between LIS researchers </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>and practitioners? </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Research Methods </li></ul><ul><li>- Informed by Actor-Network Theory/ </li></ul><ul><li>Callon’s model of translation of interests (1986) </li></ul><ul><li>- Case study approach </li></ul><ul><li>- Data for first case study: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>8 semi-structured interviews </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Texts, e.g., listserve (250 messages), </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>20 project documents </li></ul></ul>
    4. 4. Case: Semantic OPACs
    5. 5. Initial Findings <ul><li>Low level of institutionalization </li></ul><ul><li>- Lack of external funding: no budget, no expenditures </li></ul><ul><li>- Importance of professional expertise </li></ul><ul><li>- Element of both risk and freedom </li></ul><ul><li>Collocated and remote collaboration </li></ul><ul><li>- Unplanned complications </li></ul><ul><li>Face-to-face meetings & collaborative knowledge creation </li></ul><ul><li>- Listserv </li></ul><ul><li>Ongoing situation awareness & project memory </li></ul><ul><li>Lack of institutional intellectual property rules </li></ul><ul><li>- Flexibility for actors </li></ul><ul><li>- Possibility to reward individual effort </li></ul>
    6. 6. Conclusion & Future Work <ul><li>Creative use of available resources & navigation of </li></ul><ul><li>work environments </li></ul><ul><li>Practitioner volunteers vs. high performance computing </li></ul><ul><li>SemOP ”2” project underway </li></ul><ul><li>Two additional case studies in progress </li></ul>
    7. 7. Acknowledgments Our thanks to the study participants: http://www-dimat.unipv.it/biblio/sem/ This research is funded by the Center for Collaborative Innovation and the Bengt Helmqvist Fund

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