Investigating the Potential Uptake of e-Research within a Social Science Discipline: Socio-technical Issues within Library & Information Science
2008 (English)Conference paper (Refereed)
We present preliminary findings from a case study of a social science collaborative
project involving professionals, faculty members and graduate students. Employing actornetwork
theory to inform the use of interviews and text analysis, we studied the interplay
between socio-technical aspects of work organization and the activities of the actors.
Although the study is at an initial stage, we report three main findings: the low level of
institutional support was compensated by high autonomy of action and expertise of project
members; an artifact had consequences for collocated and remote collaboration; the lack of
institutional intellectual property ownership provided flexibility. We conclude that the case
shows how e-research and virtual research environments can benefit graduate students,
professionals and non-elite researchers, who may have fewer opportunities to travel and
engage in research work together.
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IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:hb:diva-5937Local ID: 2320/3900OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hb-5937DiVA: diva2:886620
The 4th International conference on e-social Science, Manchester, UK