Thursday, 26 November 2009

Patterns of information use and exchange: case studies of researchers in the life sciences

The Research Information Network (RIN) and the British Library have produced a report that addresses research patterns in life sciences.

It reveals that researcher practices diverge from policies promoted by funders and information service providers. The report concludes ‘one-size-fits-all’ information and data sharing policies are not achieving scientifically productive and cost-efficient information use in life sciences.

Key findings include:

* Researchers use informal and trusted sources of advice from colleagues, rather than institutional service teams, to help identify information sources and resources
* The use of social networking tools for scientific research purposes is far more limited than expected
* Data and information sharing activities are mainly driven by needs and benefits perceived as most important by life scientists rather than ‘top-down’ policies and strategies
* There are marked differences in the patterns of information use and exchange between research groups active in different areas of the life sciences, reinforcing the need to avoid standardised policy approaches

>>>Patterns of information use and exchange: case studies of researchers in the life sciences

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