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Information resources in high-energy physics. Surveying the present landscape and charting the future course

Abstract

Access to previous results is of paramount importance in the scientific process. Recent progress in information management focuses on building e-infrastructures for the optimization of the research workflow, through both policy-driven and user-pulled dynamics. For decades, High-Energy Physics (HEP) has pioneered innovative solutions in the eld of infor- mation management and dissemination. In light of a transforming information environment, it is important to assess the current usage of information resources by researchers and HEP provides a unique test-bed for this assessment. A survey of about 10% of practitioners in the eld reveals usage trends and information needs. Community-based services, such as the pioneering arXiv and SPIRES systems, largely answer the need of the scientists, with a limited but increasing fraction of younger users relying on Google. Commercial services offered by publishers or database vendors are essentially unused in the eld. The survey o ers an in- sight into the most important features that users require to optimize their research workflow. These results inform the future evolution of information management in HEP and, as these researchers are traditionally 'early adopters' of innovation in scholarly communication, can inspire developments of disciplinary repositories serving other communities. (orig.)
Authors:
Gentil-Beccot, A; Mele, S; [1]  Holtkamp, A; [2]  O'Connell, H B; [3]  Brooks, T C [4] 
  1. European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN), Geneva (Switzerland)
  2. Deutsches Elektronen-Synchrotron (DESY), Hamburg (Germany)
  3. Fermi National Accelerator Lab., Batavia, IL (United States)
  4. Stanford Linear Accelerator Center, Menlo Park, CA (United States)
Publication Date:
Apr 15, 2008
Product Type:
Technical Report
Report Number:
DESY-08-040; CERN-OPEN-2008-010; FERMILAB-PUB-08-077-BSS; SLAC-PUB-13199
Subject:
99 GENERAL AND MISCELLANEOUS//MATHEMATICS, COMPUTING, AND INFORMATION SCIENCE; HIGH ENERGY PHYSICS; OPTIMIZATION; INFORMATION SYSTEMS; PROGRESS REPORT; REVIEWS
OSTI ID:
21040700
Research Organizations:
Deutsches Elektronen-Synchrotron (DESY), Hamburg (Germany)
Country of Origin:
Germany
Language:
English
Other Identifying Numbers:
Other: ISSN 0418-9833; TRN: DE08F6387
Availability:
Commercial reproduction prohibited; INIS; OSTI as DE21040700
Submitting Site:
DEN
Size:
27 pages
Announcement Date:
Jun 28, 2008

Citation Formats

Gentil-Beccot, A, Mele, S, Holtkamp, A, O'Connell, H B, and Brooks, T C. Information resources in high-energy physics. Surveying the present landscape and charting the future course. Germany: N. p., 2008. Web.
Gentil-Beccot, A, Mele, S, Holtkamp, A, O'Connell, H B, & Brooks, T C. Information resources in high-energy physics. Surveying the present landscape and charting the future course. Germany.
Gentil-Beccot, A, Mele, S, Holtkamp, A, O'Connell, H B, and Brooks, T C. 2008. "Information resources in high-energy physics. Surveying the present landscape and charting the future course." Germany.
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