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<ul><li>November 17, 2008 </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Presented by </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Lynn Silipigni Connaway, Ph.D. </l...
Research Goals <ul><li>Evaluate JISC-funded virtual research environment (VRE) and digital repository projects  </li></ul>...
 
 
 
 
Project Managers’ Perceptions <ul><li>Scientists more apt to already use digital repository or VRE systems </li></ul><ul><...
Project Managers’ Perceptions <ul><li>Attitudes toward adoption vary </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Age  </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li...
Project Managers’ Perceptions <ul><li>Critical factors </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Ease of use  </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Embed...
Project Managers’ Perceptions <ul><li>Concern about privacy </li></ul><ul><li>Want to limit shared data </li></ul><ul><ul>...
Project Managers’ Perceptions <ul><li>Very little knowledge of repositories </li></ul><ul><li>Need for advocacy, promotion...
Project Managers’ Perceptions <ul><li>Need to identify benefits  </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Access </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>E...
Common Themes: Digital Repository Projects <ul><li>Lack understanding </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Copyright issues </li></ul></u...
Common Themes: Digital Repository Projects <ul><li>Need for better document management </li></ul><ul><li>“ The open access...
Common Themes: Digital Repository Projects <ul><li>Distrust open web </li></ul><ul><li>Need accurate metadata </li></ul><u...
Common Themes: VRE Projects <ul><li>Language used by developers and researchers at the different academic levels is differ...
Common Themes: VRE Projects <ul><li>Confusion about varying requirements of data security </li></ul><ul><li>Social scienti...
Common Themes: VRE Projects <ul><li>Bioinformatics Researchers </li></ul><ul><ul><li>No concerns with sharing </li></ul></...
Common Themes: VRE Projects <ul><li>Astronomers </li></ul><ul><li>Community agreement </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>First 6 mo...
Common Themes: VRE Projects <ul><li>Chemists </li></ul><ul><li>Very interested in community hierarchy </li></ul><ul><ul><l...
Common Themes: VRE Projects <ul><li>Users’ age is factor in adopting new systems and technologies </li></ul><ul><li>Archeo...
Common Themes: VRE Projects <ul><li>“ The students had been using different devices, such as MP3 players, text messaging o...
Common Themes: VRE Projects <ul><li>Initial difficulty engaging some scholars in VRE chat sessions, blogs, social networks...
Common Themes: VRE Projects <ul><li>Twittering during meetings was very popular with computer scientists </li></ul>RLG Par...
Common Themes: VRE Projects <ul><li>Social scientists </li></ul><ul><li>Left laptops in hotel </li></ul><ul><li>Provided l...
Common Themes: VRE Projects <ul><li>Use different language  </li></ul><ul><li>Express things in different ways </li></ul><...
Common Themes: VRE Projects <ul><li>Different levels of need between disciplines </li></ul><ul><li>“ Some domains could us...
Common Themes: VRE Projects <ul><li>Time constraints for different types of people involved in project were very different...
Conclusions <ul><li>Attitudes vary </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Demographics </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Age </li></ul></ul><ul><u...
Conclusions <ul><li>Systems need to allow for varying levels of sharing </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Thoughts </li></ul></ul><ul>...
Conclusions <ul><li>Not all disciplines and researchers want to share all with everyone </li></ul><ul><li>Privacy and copy...
Conclusions <ul><li>Need institutional buy-in </li></ul><ul><li>Need to promote systems </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Simplify wor...
Questions & Discussion <ul><li>Lynn Silipigni Connaway, Ph.D. </li></ul><ul><li>[email_address] </li></ul><ul><li>Special ...
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  1. 1. <ul><li>November 17, 2008 </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Presented by </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Lynn Silipigni Connaway, Ph.D. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Senior Research Scientist </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>OCLC Research </li></ul></ul>What are virtual researchers up to? VREs and their users RLG Partnership Leeds Meeting September 18, 2009
  2. 2. Research Goals <ul><li>Evaluate JISC-funded virtual research environment (VRE) and digital repository projects </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Goal to develop products and technologies </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Develop portrait of virtual researcher </li></ul>RLG Partnership Leeds Meeting September 18, 2009
  3. 7. Project Managers’ Perceptions <ul><li>Scientists more apt to already use digital repository or VRE systems </li></ul><ul><li>Those in other disciplines less inclined to use </li></ul><ul><li>Need evidence of benefits </li></ul>RLG Partnership Leeds Meeting September 18, 2009
  4. 8. Project Managers’ Perceptions <ul><li>Attitudes toward adoption vary </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Age </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Discipline </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Years of Experience </li></ul></ul>RLG Partnership Leeds Meeting September 18, 2009
  5. 9. Project Managers’ Perceptions <ul><li>Critical factors </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Ease of use </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Embed into workflows </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Difficult to accomplish </li></ul><ul><li>Reluctant to use new technologies </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Time consuming to learn </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Do not know they exist </li></ul></ul>RLG Partnership Leeds Meeting September 18, 2009
  6. 10. Project Managers’ Perceptions <ul><li>Concern about privacy </li></ul><ul><li>Want to limit shared data </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Different levels of access </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Need to create a safe environment for researchers </li></ul>RLG Partnership Leeds Meeting September 18, 2009
  7. 11. Project Managers’ Perceptions <ul><li>Very little knowledge of repositories </li></ul><ul><li>Need for advocacy, promotion, publicity and marketing </li></ul>RLG Partnership Leeds Meeting September 18, 2009
  8. 12. Project Managers’ Perceptions <ul><li>Need to identify benefits </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Access </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Easier dissemination </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Broader exposure – greater impact </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Greater workflow efficiency </li></ul></ul>RLG Partnership Leeds Meeting September 18, 2009
  9. 13. Common Themes: Digital Repository Projects <ul><li>Lack understanding </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Copyright issues </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Publisher and publication agreements </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Dissemination agreements </li></ul></ul>RLG Partnership Leeds Meeting September 18, 2009
  10. 14. Common Themes: Digital Repository Projects <ul><li>Need for better document management </li></ul><ul><li>“ The open access goal is altruistic. The stake holders for the resource management emerged as the project went on.” </li></ul>RLG Partnership Leeds Meeting September 18, 2009
  11. 15. Common Themes: Digital Repository Projects <ul><li>Distrust open web </li></ul><ul><li>Need accurate metadata </li></ul><ul><li>Want safe environment </li></ul><ul><li>Need better feedback from users to developers </li></ul>RLG Partnership Leeds Meeting September 18, 2009
  12. 16. Common Themes: VRE Projects <ul><li>Language used by developers and researchers at the different academic levels is different </li></ul>RLG Partnership Leeds Meeting September 18, 2009
  13. 17. Common Themes: VRE Projects <ul><li>Confusion about varying requirements of data security </li></ul><ul><li>Social scientists </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Private or constrained data </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Health Sciences Researchers </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Need secure system </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Delicate nature of data </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>Scientists </li></ul><ul><ul><li>No private data </li></ul></ul>RLG Partnership Leeds Meeting September 18, 2009
  14. 18. Common Themes: VRE Projects <ul><li>Bioinformatics Researchers </li></ul><ul><ul><li>No concerns with sharing </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Open professional culture </li></ul></ul>RLG Partnership Leeds Meeting September 18, 2009
  15. 19. Common Themes: VRE Projects <ul><li>Astronomers </li></ul><ul><li>Community agreement </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>First 6 months </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Data belong to individual or group </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>After 6 months </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Data are open to others </li></ul></ul></ul></ul>RLG Partnership Leeds Meeting September 18, 2009
  16. 20. Common Themes: VRE Projects <ul><li>Chemists </li></ul><ul><li>Very interested in community hierarchy </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Ph.D. supervisors want access to what </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>those beneath them access </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Ph.D. students are doing </li></ul></ul></ul>RLG Leeds Meeting September 18, 2009
  17. 21. Common Themes: VRE Projects <ul><li>Users’ age is factor in adopting new systems and technologies </li></ul><ul><li>Archeology faculty and students were provided different electronic devices </li></ul>RLG Partnership Leeds Meeting September 18, 2009
  18. 22. Common Themes: VRE Projects <ul><li>“ The students had been using different devices, such as MP3 players, text messaging on mobile phones, etc. and quickly adopted the devices. The professors were older and reluctant to use these devices.” </li></ul>RLG Partnership Leeds Meeting September 18, 2009
  19. 23. Common Themes: VRE Projects <ul><li>Initial difficulty engaging some scholars in VRE chat sessions, blogs, social networks </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Scientists and mathematicians more apt to use systems than humanities scholars </li></ul></ul>RLG Partnership Leeds Meeting September 18, 2009
  20. 24. Common Themes: VRE Projects <ul><li>Twittering during meetings was very popular with computer scientists </li></ul>RLG Partnership Leeds Meeting September 18, 2009
  21. 25. Common Themes: VRE Projects <ul><li>Social scientists </li></ul><ul><li>Left laptops in hotel </li></ul><ul><li>Provided loaner laptops at sessions </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Still reluctant to open laptops during sessions </li></ul></ul>RLG Partnership Leeds Meeting September 18, 2009
  22. 26. Common Themes: VRE Projects <ul><li>Use different language </li></ul><ul><li>Express things in different ways </li></ul><ul><li>Still able to discuss between different groups </li></ul>RLG Partnership Leeds Meeting September 18, 2009
  23. 27. Common Themes: VRE Projects <ul><li>Different levels of need between disciplines </li></ul><ul><li>“ Some domains could use the infrastructure more than others… </li></ul><ul><ul><li>all believe the sustainability is important… </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>they do not agree who should be responsible for the sustainability or who should pay for it.” </li></ul></ul>RLG Partnership Leeds Meeting September 18, 2009
  24. 28. Common Themes: VRE Projects <ul><li>Time constraints for different types of people involved in project were very different </li></ul>RLG Partnership Leeds Meeting September 18, 2009
  25. 29. Conclusions <ul><li>Attitudes vary </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Demographics </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Age </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Discipline </li></ul></ul><ul><li>No time to learn or add processes to current workflows </li></ul><ul><li>Technology </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Needs to be easy to use </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Embedded in workflows </li></ul></ul>RLG Partnership Leeds Meeting September 18, 2009
  26. 30. Conclusions <ul><li>Systems need to allow for varying levels of sharing </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Thoughts </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Ideas </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Data </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Reports </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Formal Papers </li></ul></ul>RLG Partnership Leeds Meeting September 18, 2009
  27. 31. Conclusions <ul><li>Not all disciplines and researchers want to share all with everyone </li></ul><ul><li>Privacy and copyright - important and misunderstood </li></ul>RLG Partnership Leeds Meeting September 18, 2009
  28. 32. Conclusions <ul><li>Need institutional buy-in </li></ul><ul><li>Need to promote systems </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Simplify workflows </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Wide dissemination of work </li></ul></ul>
  29. 33. Questions & Discussion <ul><li>Lynn Silipigni Connaway, Ph.D. </li></ul><ul><li>[email_address] </li></ul><ul><li>Special thanks to Karen Disbrow and Timothy J. Dickey </li></ul>

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