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Title: Research-related Use of Internet-enabled Information Resources


1
Research-related Use of Internet-enabled
Information Resources
  • ASIST DASER II
  • College Park, Maryland
  • December 3, 2005
  • Peiling Wang
  • Associate Professor

2
Purpose/goal of the Study
  • Identify interdisciplinary differences in the use
    of the Internet-enabled information resources for
    research
  • Identify factors affecting use and nonuse of
    these resources
  • Guide future design and development of
    Internet-based information resources

3
Research Questions
  • Which Internet information technologies (IIT) are
    used in research?
  • How are the IIT used by researchers in
    information seeking?
  • How important is each of the IIT in supporting
    research?
  • Why do researchers use or not use certain IIT for
    research?
  • What are the interdisciplinary differences?

4
Research Design
  • In-depth face-to-face interviews
  • Semi-structured questions
  • Part I use and nonuse of IIT types for research
  • Part II length and frequency of IIT use
  • Part III importance ranking
  • Part IV How does each IIT type support specific
    IS activities -- monitoring of research areas,
    searching, disseminating, organizing )

5
Participants
  • Productive and active researchers (faculty and
    doctoral students) from disciplines in the
    spectrum between computer-oriented to
    people-oriented
  • Computer Science
  • Engineering
  • Information Science
  • Journalism
  • Humanities/Social sciences

6
Data Collection in Progress
  • Academic researchers
  • Doctoral students, Assistant Professors
  • Associate Professors, Professors
  • 42 UTK (more will be interviewed)
  • CS, Engineering, IS, Journalism
  • 46 TSU (completed thesis research)
  • Humanities/Social Sciences

7
Preliminary Results -- I
  • In average, 5-7 types of Internet technologies
    are used in research
  • The top-5 by disciplines

8
Preliminary Results -- II
9
Preliminary Results -- III
  • Two high/low cases (excluded in the dashed line)
  • A CS assistant professor comments that his
    information needs are satisfied 100 by
    electronic resources
  • A Journalism professor claims that his
    information needs are satisfied 98 by print
    resources

10
Preliminary Results -- IV
  • Factors affecting use
  • Nature and type of research
  • Availability of the digital archives
  • Accessibility of the resources
  • Awareness of the resources
  • Usability of the Internet technology
  • Perception of source quality and reliability
  • Individual preferences constraints

11
Preliminary Results -- V
  • Digital information is wonderful
  • The challenge is to find effective method to
    effectively organize digital resources and to
    provide efficient access at personal level,
    community level, and global level

12
Preliminary Results -- VI
  • Strategies
  • do not save (search Google to find it again)
  • do not delete (periodically discard all)
  • create folders and subfolders
  • save multiple copies on multiple machines
  • keep a print copy of the digital documents
  • work group maintained collection

13
Some Implications
  • Information seeking in the digital age is easier
    for some researchers but harder for others
    (digital divide?)
  • User tools to search, manage, use digital objects
    for diverse users (functionality usability!)
  • Revamp the metaphor of folders as an organization
    and access tool of digital objects
  • Provide easy access to digital objects at an
    atomic level (disaggregation)

14
Extension of the Study
  • Intercultural differences
  • China (a later start in making the Internet
    available fast growing)
  • Finland (an earlier start in building Internet
    infrastructure a leading nation in digital
    library initiatives
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