TENCompetence Workshop, Manchester 2007 Designing Systems for Managing Collaborative Research Processes Scott Wilson, CETIS; Yoichi Takayama, Ernie Ghiglione, James Dalziel, MELCOE This work is licensed under a Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 2.0 licence
Greater standardisation of common or repeatable research processes, leading to higher quality outcomes and improved efficiency;
The ability to share descriptions of common research processes both within institutions, and between institutions – including the ability to adapt and localise shared research processes;
Greatly improved accountability and audit for processes involving multiple actors across multiple steps – such as for research assessment (e.g., RQF/RAE assessor workflows), as well as for research itself (e.g., as a deterrent to academic fraud); and
Providing a process-oriented checklist to ensure the ordered completion of relevant research tasks.
“ One might argue that in a world where routine processes have been automated by systems, these value-adding, creative, innovative human activities are what business is all about. An organisation in which people interacted only via scripts loaded into machines could not think, could not respond, could not change and could not possibly provide effective support for its customers. And if human-driven processes are indeed critical, they deserve effective computer support.” (Harrison-Broninski (2004)