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Show simple item record Bracken, Fintan Earls, Daniel Madders, Catherine O'Leary, Faye Ronan, Stephanie Tolan, Paul Ward, Ciara Wusteman, Judith 2014-01-28T15:07:46Z 2014-01-28T15:07:46Z 2014
dc.identifier.citation Bracken, Fintan; Earls, Daniel; Madders, Catherine; O'Leary, Faye; Ronan, Stephanie; Ward, Ciara; Tolan, Paul; Wusteman, Judith (2014) 'The potential use of online tools for scientific collaboration by biology researchers'. Aslib Journal Of Information Management 66,(1) 13-37. en_US
dc.description peer-reviewed en_US
dc.description.abstract Purpose - The purpose of this paper is to discover the research practices of biology researchers and to assess the suitability of the OJAX++ Virtual Research Environment (VRE) for these researchers. Design/methodology/approach â Usability testing was used to evaluate the usability of OJAX++ in relation to biology researchers. Interviews with biology researchers in a large Irish university were conducted to investigate their research information behaviour, to establish user requirements in their discipline and to evaluate the feasibility of using OJAX++ in their research. Findings - The results show that biology researchers used online tools extensively in their research but do not use social networking tools. E-mail and phone conversations are the preferred methods of collaborating with colleagues. The biology researchers found that OJAX++ was easy to use, intuitive and professionally presented but in its present format, OJAX++ does not fit in with current research practices as they do not use Web 2.0 tools that facilitate tagging. A list of requirements of a VRE for biology researchers is presented. Originality/value - The findings of the study will assist developers of VREs and other web tools to better understand how researchers, in particular biologists, collaborate during the research process and what they require from online research tools. This study gives an important insight into the information behaviour of life science researchers. en_US
dc.language.iso eng en_US
dc.publisher Emerald Group Publishing Ltd., en_US
dc.relation.ispartofseries Aslib Journal of Information Management;66(1), pp. 13-37
dc.rights This article is (c) Emerald Group Publishing and permission has been granted for this version to appear here Emerald does not grant permission for this article to be further copied/distributed or hosted elsewhere without the express permission from Emerald Group Publishing Limited.
dc.subject information behaviour en_US
dc.subject online research en_US
dc.subject scientific collaboration en_US
dc.subject usability testing en_US
dc.subject virtual research environment en_US
dc.subject Web 2.0 en_US
dc.title The potential use of online tools for scientific collaboration by biology researchers en_US
dc.type info:eu-repo/semantics/article en_US
dc.type.supercollection all_ul_research en_US
dc.type.supercollection ul_published_reviewed en_US 2014-01-28T09:35:52Z
dc.description.version ACCEPTED
dc.identifier.doi 10.1108/AJIM-02-2013-0009
dc.rights.accessrights info:eu-repo/semantics/openAccess en_US
dc.internal.rssid 1556960
dc.internal.copyrightchecked Yes
dc.description.status peer-reviewed

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