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Investigating the Potential Uptake of e-Research within a Social Science Discipline: Socio-technical Issues within Library & Information Science
University of Borås, Swedish School of Library and Information Science. (LinCS)
University of Borås, Swedish School of Library and Information Science. (LinCS)
2008 (English)Conference paper (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

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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URN: urn:nbn:se:hb:diva-5937Local ID: 2320/3900OAI: diva2:886620
The 4th International conference on e-social Science, Manchester, UK
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