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Virtual Research Networks : Towards Research 2.0

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Presentation at EMTACL10, http://www.ntnu.no/ub/emtacl/
Guus van den Brekel

Central medical library, UMCG

Virtual Research Networks: towards Research 2.0
In the next few years, the further development of social, educational and research networks – with its extensive collaborative possibilities – will be dictating how users will search for, manage and exchange information. The network – evolved by technology – is changing the user's behaviour and that will affect the future of information services. Many envision a possible leading role for libraries in collaboration and community building services.

Users are not only heavily using new tools, but are also creating and shaping their own preferred tools.
Today's students are incorporating Web 2.0 skills in daily life, in their social and learning environments.
Tomorrow's research staff will expect to be able to use their preferred tools and resources within their work environment.
Today's ánd tomorrow's libraries should support students and staff in the learning and research process by integrating library services and resources into their environments.

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Virtual Research Networks : Towards Research 2.0

  1. 1. http://www.series.upatras.gr/european-integration Virtual Research Networks Towards Research 2.0?
  2. 2. <ul><li>User </li></ul><ul><li>Workflow </li></ul><ul><li>Network </li></ul>o u t l i n e VREs? Virtual? Research 2.0 Science Networks Libraries?
  3. 3. <ul><li>e x p l o r e </li></ul><ul><li>Research Networks </li></ul><ul><li>Engage, Facilitate & Stimulate </li></ul>
  4. 4. Me, My Work and the UMCG
  5. 5. http://www.flickr.com/photos/44666479@N00/23435416/sizes/o/
  6. 6. <ul><li>Library Disconnects </li></ul><ul><li>& </li></ul><ul><li>Bypassing the Library </li></ul>
  7. 7. Photo: Geir Mogen http://www.ntnu.no/gemini/2009_autumn/pictures/feat_on_track.jpg The User Environment
  8. 8. Source: Lorcan Dempsey, Liber 2005
  9. 9. “ Into the User Environment” <ul><li>Browser Toolbars </li></ul><ul><li>Tailor-made search & news widgets </li></ul><ul><li>Using personal startpages </li></ul><ul><li>Take-Away Library Toolbox : Netvibes Universe </li></ul>
  10. 10. The workflow Photo: Geir Mogen http://www.ntnu.no/gemini/2009_autumn/pictures/feat_on_track.jpg
  11. 11. library Consumer environments Management environment Licensed Bought Faculty& students Digitized Aggregations Resource sharing Integrated local consumer environment? Library web presence Resource sharing, … Source: Lorcan Dempsey, CIC 2007 … Institutional Workflow Portals, CMS, IR, … Personal Workflow RSS, toolbars, .. Network level workflow Google, … Integrated local consumer environment? Library web presence Resource sharing, …
  12. 14. Fill in Your Key Stakeholders …
  13. 15. Diversity Format Platform Time Personalize
  14. 16. Research http://www2.warwick.ac.uk/fac/arts/history/chm/events/shaw2009/research/
  15. 18. The Global Environment Changed … <ul><li>The web has become a global laboratory for communication and sharing </li></ul>
  16. 19. http://www.slideshare.net/CameronNeylon/science-in-the-youtube-age-519472
  17. 20. What are Researchers looking for on the Web? <ul><li>Tools for improving their workflow, to gain efficiency </li></ul><ul><li>Communication, sharing, collaboration, dissemination research ideas and output </li></ul><ul><li>to possibly get bigger recognition and reward of their research output </li></ul>
  18. 21. Tools for collaboration out there <ul><li>Planning & Admin </li></ul><ul><li>Workflow </li></ul><ul><li>Data management </li></ul><ul><li>Communication </li></ul><ul><li>Sharing </li></ul><ul><li>Analysis, statistical </li></ul><ul><li>Publishing, (peer) reviewing </li></ul><ul><li>Preservation, archiving </li></ul><ul><li>Unlimited … </li></ul>
  19. 22. http://www.go2web20.net/
  20. 23. Research 2.0 : some aspects <ul><li>Communities & collaboration powered by web 2.0 </li></ul><ul><li>Resources: creating, storing, organising, sharing, exchange, distribution, browsing, searching, re-use, enrich, re-create </li></ul><ul><li>Faster, more efficient, greater competetiveness, repeatable, more productive … </li></ul><ul><li>Enables open feedback and reviews of work </li></ul><ul><li>A machine-understandable format allows others to take the data and analyze it independently </li></ul>
  21. 24. Scientists are certainly looking for it… http:// www.flickr.com / photos / inan /2398401833/ sizes /o/
  22. 25. General Social Software <ul><li>Blogs, Wiki’s, Social Networks i.g.Facebook </li></ul><ul><li>Web-based office tools, Google Docs </li></ul><ul><li>Sharing data, references, pictures, videos </li></ul><ul><li>Communication, in all sorts </li></ul><ul><li>Twitter? PloS </li></ul><ul><li>Virtual worlds, Second Life </li></ul>
  23. 26. Virtual Worlds <ul><li>Strong in visualization, education, teaching, simulation, roleplay ánd worldwide collaborative projects </li></ul>
  24. 27. http://local.wasp.uwa.edu.au/~pbourke/papers/cgat08/figure_ds.jpg Preprocessed spherical projections from inside a crystal including the Hershfield surface.
  25. 28. http:// secondlife.com http:// www.youtube.com / watch ?v= O1YuRSyzBAE
  26. 29. So they are out there, but doing WHAT exactly?
  27. 30. Corporate Web Presence Scan
  28. 31. <ul><li>OpenWetWare </li></ul>By Scientists, for Scientists http:// openwetware.org / wiki /Labs
  29. 32. http:// www.proteopedia.org Proteopedia
  30. 33. http:// sciencecommons.org / NeuroCommons
  31. 34. http:// scivee.tv SciVee
  32. 35. http:// openresearch.org OpenResearch
  33. 36. But we also see others offering services… <ul><li>All kinds of parties explore, using web 2.0 and other new technologies </li></ul><ul><li>to connect and integrate into the workflow of scientist and researchers. </li></ul>
  34. 37. Commercially, focus on Scientists
  35. 38. <ul><li>NaturePrecedings </li></ul>http:// precedings.nature.com /
  36. 39. http://www.mynetresearch.com MyNetResearch
  37. 40. http://www.mendeley.com Mendeley
  38. 43. <ul><li>Biomedexperts </li></ul>http:// www.biomedexperts.com
  39. 44. <ul><li>“ Community is the new content” </li></ul>http://seedmagazine.com/images/uploads/15Sci08368.jpg
  40. 45. http://www.geozon.info/2010/04/15/comparison-chart-of-scientific-networks/?utm_source= twitterfeed&utm_medium = ping.fm
  41. 46. 'What is happening in the world is bypassing university libraries’ Professor Peter Murray-Rust
  42. 47. Reasons NOT to ignore Social Networks and the tools offered <ul><li>Efficiency possibilities </li></ul><ul><li>Build professional communities </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Research </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Management </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Build learning communities </li></ul><ul><li>Build sharing communities </li></ul><ul><li>Build community support through outreach </li></ul>Online Social Networks in Healthcare & Libraries PF Anderson, Emerging Technologies Librarian, Health Sciences Libraries, pfa@umich.edu
  43. 48. More Reasons …. <ul><li>Connection, communication, collaboration, consultation </li></ul><ul><li>Discuss & share information (articles, photos, videos, cases, data, methodologies) </li></ul><ul><li>Q&A, rapid response (sometimes), serendipitous discovery </li></ul><ul><li>Global, international connections & opportunities </li></ul><ul><li>Find employment & research opportunities </li></ul><ul><li>Emerging trends, topics, medications, treatments, insights in your field </li></ul>Online Social Networks in Healthcare & Libraries PF Anderson, Emerging Technologies Librarian, Health Sciences Libraries, pfa@umich.edu
  44. 49. Do we see the libraries look for it as well? <ul><li>The question is not whether the shift is going to happen, but how fast? </li></ul><ul><li>It will change the behaviour of researcher, new ways of thinking and operating; we should adapt </li></ul>
  45. 50. There are the Virtual Research Environments (VREs) <ul><li>JISC VRE </li></ul><ul><li>MS Sharepoint </li></ul><ul><li>MyExperiment </li></ul><ul><li>D4Science </li></ul><ul><li>DARIAH </li></ul>
  46. 51. http:// www.jisc.ac.uk / whatwedo /programmes/ vre.aspx
  47. 52. <ul><li>VLEs for Students & Teachers </li></ul><ul><li>VREs for Researchers </li></ul>
  48. 53. <ul><li>Simple VRE Definition </li></ul><ul><li>A VRE helps researchers from all disciplines to work collaboratively by managing the increasingly complex range of tasks involved in carrying out research. </li></ul>
  49. 54. <ul><li>Complex VRE Definition </li></ul><ul><li>The concept of a VRE is evolving. … as shorthand for the tools and technologies needed by researchers to do their research, interact with other researchers (who may come from different disciplines,  institutions or even countries) and to make use of resources and technical infrastructures available both locally and (inter)nationally </li></ul>
  50. 55. <ul><li>frameworks </li></ul><ul><li>to define and help to develop  VRE frameworks and associated standards, and to encourage the development and population of  these frameworks with applications, services and resources to create VREs appropriate to particular  needs </li></ul>
  51. 57. Key recommendations
  52. 58. “ Scratch Where It Itches”
  53. 59. <ul><li>Bottom-up & </li></ul><ul><li>focus on researchers needs and specific research communities </li></ul>
  54. 60. <ul><li>Community building projects rather than technology project </li></ul><ul><li>Creating a VRE is a SOCIAL as much as a technical achievement </li></ul>
  55. 61. <ul><li>Broad Research community effort </li></ul><ul><li>Including managers, librarians, champions, promoters </li></ul>
  56. 62. <ul><li>Sustainability </li></ul><ul><li>Key role for libraries </li></ul><ul><li>Preference for a Web 2.0 style of development and implementation (lightwight, customisable solutions) </li></ul><ul><li>Needs to be driven by researchers, rather than being imposed by institution </li></ul>
  57. 63. Benefits <ul><li>faster research results </li></ul><ul><li>novel research directions </li></ul>
  58. 64. Key findings <ul><li>Providing general VRE Frameworks </li></ul><ul><li>One-size-fits-all will not work </li></ul><ul><li>Awareness raising is desirable </li></ul><ul><li>UK seen as international leader in VRE development </li></ul><ul><li>External (web) applications still important </li></ul><ul><li>Integration semantic web technology useful </li></ul><ul><li>On - location support </li></ul>
  59. 65. FOR LIBRARIES <ul><li>VREs are seen are good way to feature library resources </li></ul><ul><li>Be involved in the creating of digital research output from the start </li></ul>
  60. 66. <ul><li>while the teaching community regards the library as a partner, the research community tends to “do things by itself” </li></ul><ul><li>Brown and Swan, 2007 </li></ul>
  61. 67. Case Studies <ul><li>DFG VRE Programme </li></ul><ul><li>ReInfra (Norway, Grid) </li></ul><ul><li>Science Gateways (Grid, supercomputing) </li></ul><ul><li>SURFshare (NL) </li></ul><ul><li>TGA Adonis (France) </li></ul>
  62. 69. http:// d4science.org /
  63. 70. Summary (more key points for Libraries) <ul><li>Communication between researchers and librarians </li></ul><ul><li>Play a role in the exchange and sharing of research-based information in social network technologies </li></ul><ul><li>Re-define the library, services, it’s systems, to reach: Visibility, Findability, Searchability and Accessibility </li></ul><ul><li>Branding and marketing the library: embed & integrate </li></ul><ul><li>Libraries should collaborate, communicate, cooperate, facilitate, support learning & research </li></ul>
  64. 71. Strategical Implications <ul><li>Developing the supporting infrastructure for </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Creation </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Data management </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Communication </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Re-focus policy </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Staff development & expertise </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Soft-, hardware choice </li></ul></ul><ul><li>By collaboration and partnership with other organizational parties, but also externally </li></ul><ul><li>Collaborative libraries </li></ul>
  65. 72. <ul><li>http://scienceroll.com/2008/05/24/community-sites-for-scientists-and-physicians-the-list/ </li></ul>
  66. 74. <ul><li>E ngage, Facilitate & Stimulate </li></ul>“ Build Networks Together” “ Libraries alone can not change the workflow, just add to it”
  67. 75. Breaking News: Create Expert Community <ul><li>North Carolina universities opt for Collexis and Scopus to create expert community - 13 Apr 2010 </li></ul>http:// www.knowledgespeak.com/newsArchieveviewdtl.asp?pickUpID = 10011&pickUpBatch =1411#10011
  68. 76. -There is a “battle” going on for the Scientists - <ul><li>“ They” got their work and data, now “they” want the people as well .. </li></ul><ul><li>We should be there first!“ </li></ul>
  69. 77. Thank you for your attention! <ul><li>Guus van den Brekel </li></ul><ul><li>Email: [email_address] / brekelajp@gmail.com </li></ul><ul><li>Twitter: digicmb </li></ul><ul><li>Blog: digicmb.blogspot.com </li></ul><ul><li>Netvibes: www.netvibes.com/digicmb </li></ul><ul><li>Slideshare: www.slideshare.net/digicmb </li></ul><ul><li>Facebook: http:// profile.to/guusvandenbrekel / </li></ul><ul><li>Linkedin: www.linkedin.com/profile?viewProfile =&key=18148582 </li></ul><ul><li>Second Life: Namro Orman </li></ul><ul><li>(see for bookmarks: http://delicious.com/digicmb </li></ul>

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