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  • Christina engaging the biomedical researchers

    1. 1. Engaging Biomedical Researchers for RIC Christina Murphy STM Research Liaison Officer
    2. 2. Outline <ul><li>Objective </li></ul><ul><li>Methodology </li></ul><ul><li>Who did we speak to? </li></ul><ul><li>Survey findings </li></ul><ul><li>Next steps on engaging biomedical researchers </li></ul>
    3. 3. Objective <ul><ul><li>Gather evidence on researcher information behaviour across the biosciences community </li></ul></ul>
    4. 4. Methodology <ul><ul><li>A Survey Monkey questionnaire </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Disseminated to our target groups through a range of marketing and media channels </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Encouraged to participate by relating to their research ‘pain points’ + entry into a prize draw </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Follow-on interviews with 13 respondents </li></ul></ul>
    5. 5. Who Responded? <ul><ul><li>416 people responded in 6 weeks </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Survey targeted those involved in biomedical sciences research: </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Wide range of professions, most were research scientists (67%) </li></ul></ul>
    6. 6. Survey Findings
    7. 7. Storing, Sharing and Managing Documents <ul><li>Findings: </li></ul><ul><li>Most respondents stored their research finding on their desktop computer or laptop (82%) </li></ul><ul><li>Most shared information using email (73%) </li></ul><ul><li>Researchers unwilling to share raw data and research materials </li></ul><ul><li>Most respondents used Endnote to manage their references (44%) </li></ul>
    8. 8. Storing, Sharing and Managing Documents …Continued <ul><li>Findings: </li></ul><ul><li>Most respondents did not use collaboration tools to share information (81%) </li></ul><ul><li>Collaboration tools may be used only for individual projects and not part of day-to-day research activities </li></ul><ul><li>The top priority for an online shared repository was to enable saving references and bookmarks automatically to a standard citation style </li></ul>
    9. 9. Discussion forums <ul><li>Findings: </li></ul><ul><li>Most respondents did not use an online forum to discuss ideas with others in the scientific community (78%) </li></ul><ul><li>Of those who did use a discussion forum, 13% used LinkedIn; other sites used were very specific to their research field </li></ul><ul><li>Used for social not research purposes </li></ul><ul><li>Top priority was to make it keyword searchable </li></ul>
    10. 10. Finding collaborators <ul><li>Findings: </li></ul><ul><li>Most respondents never used social networking sites to help them find collaborators (70%) </li></ul><ul><li>Would like to use more, but no time </li></ul><ul><li>Face-to-face networking at research-specific events still the main way to find collaborators/partners/clients </li></ul>
    11. 11. Resource Discovery <ul><li>Findings: </li></ul><ul><li>Most respondents used PubMed as the main online source for literature search (80%) </li></ul><ul><li>Top priority was to have an online resource discovery tool that enables a federated search across all information sources </li></ul><ul><li>Google is always used because of its superior search functionality </li></ul><ul><li>Need access to resources specific to individual projects on an ad hoc basis </li></ul><ul><li>Most subscribed to RSS but preferred to manage information by email </li></ul>
    12. 12. Obtaining Funding <ul><li>Findings: </li></ul><ul><li>Top priority was to enable a search for appropriate funding bodies </li></ul><ul><li>But actually want to know more about funding schemes </li></ul><ul><li>Need a secure and easy way to manage grant applications from multiple institutions </li></ul>
    13. 13. Tools to Assist Experimentation <ul><li>Findings: </li></ul><ul><li>Most respondents produced numerical research data (83%) </li></ul><ul><li>Most highly cited tools for analysing numerical data were Excel, Matlab and SPSS </li></ul><ul><li>Top priority was to provide access to relevant data and statistical analysis tools in one place </li></ul>
    14. 14. Dissemination of Research Outputs <ul><li>Findings: </li></ul><ul><li>Top priority was to help find an appropriate journal for publishing based on the researcher’s abstract </li></ul><ul><li>SMEs don’t necessarily need to publish research </li></ul><ul><li>But all need a structured system for collaborative generation of documents without emailing every version to every person </li></ul>
    15. 15. Next Steps for BL Researcher Engagement
    16. 16. Next Steps <ul><li>More follow-up interviews with survey respondents </li></ul><ul><li>Engagement with biomedical researchers from various industry sectors </li></ul><ul><li>Growing Knowledge Exhibition – BL actively promoting RIC </li></ul><ul><li>RIC website </li></ul><ul><li>Beta test RIC V2.0 with biomedical researchers </li></ul>
    17. 17. THANKS FOR LISTENING! <ul><li>Contact Christina Murphy, </li></ul><ul><li>Research Liaison Officer, STM, The British Library </li></ul><ul><li>E: christina.murphy@bl.uk </li></ul>

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