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New RIN report: case studies of researchers in the life sciences

By Lisa K Flint, on 11 December 2009

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

This new report by the RIN (Research Information Network) and the British Library published in November provides a unique insight into how information is used by researchers across life sciences. Undertaken by the University of Edinburgh’s Institute for the Study of Science, Technology and Innovation, and the UK Digital Curation Centre and the University of Edinburgh’s Information Services, the report concludes that ‘one-size-fits-all’ information and data sharing policies are not achieving scientifically productive and cost-efficient information use in life sciences.

The report was developed using an innovative approach to capture the day-to-day patterns of information use in seven research teams from a wide range of disciplines, from botany to clinical neuroscience.  To access the full report, click on the link above.

It would be interesting to hear from any UCL Researchers to see if they agree or disagree with any of the findings?