Scientists and Web 2.0: a tough audience!!!
A realistic editorial on Nature Network gives a good summary of main issues that Science 2.0 is experiencing:
“Altogether, there are a number of reasons why scientists are not eager to adopt web 2.0 tools: the frivolous image, a reluctance to use new tools, lack of time, lack of incentive, and fear of negative effects on their career. Before promoting the use of web 2.0 tools or sites by scientists you should ask whether it’s really beneficial. Does it save time? Does it make work easier? Can it be used passively (without the need to contribute)? If it does, it may catch on, but this is a tough audience!”
Amsen, Eva. Scientists and Web 2.0. Expression patterns: Monday, 27 April 2009. Online: http://network.nature.com/people/eva/blog/2009/04/27/scientists-and-web-2-0
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