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Web 2.0 fails to excite today’s researchers

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An excellent article from David Stuart about low adoption of web 2.0 technologies by academics:

It is hard to imagine a group more suited to the opportunities of Web 2.0 technologies than academics (…) Unfortunately there are few signs that academics are really embracing the new opportunities offered by Web 2.0.
Many academics’ idea of online collaboration is still emailing the findings they have arrived at independently to one another
Despite all the innovation though, the embracement of new technologies is mostly underwhelming. Elsevier’s survey of academic faculty last year showed an expectation amongst the scientific community that social media will play an increasingly important role in the coming years. However, there seems to be a long way to go

The indications are that, in general, academics are a rather conservative group who despite the potential benefits of new technologies are reluctant to risk the status quo” (…)
Although academics seem to want to benefit from open access, they do not want to have to go to the trouble of depositing their papers in repositories” (…)
However, looking at a few of the many social networking sites you will quickly realise how small a proportion they actually are, with the same faces appearing on site after site

The author explains also why big scientific publishers invested a few of these technologies: “New methods of publishing not only potentially threaten their current business model, but could potentially transform the very nature of the research process and the journal article

Stuart, David. Web 2.0 fails to excite today’s researchers. Research Information, October/November 2009. pp. 16-17


Written by hbasset

October 21, 2009 at 7:40 pm

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