Innogen · News · July 30, 2010

The Use and Relevance of web 2.0 for Researchers - Report published


The study enquires into the factors that infuence researchers to adopt and use Web 2.0 tools, and conversely the factors that prevent, constrain or discourage usage.

The report published by the Research Information Network (RIN) is based on the results of research conducted by researchers from Innogen, ISSTI and the
Manchester e-Research Centre on the Use and relevance of web 2.0 for researchers.

The study also explores whether and how web 2.0 tools are changing researchers’ behaviour in signicant ways, and what implications this might have for researchers, institutions, librarians, information professionals and funders.

The study finds that while most researchers have a positive attitude towards web 2.0 services, only a few have made them a routine part of their working life. The report dismisses some stereotypes: for example, while there are some statistically significant variations between different demographic groups, high usage is positively associated with older age groups and those in more senior positions, not with their younger or more junior colleagues.

We are still in a period of experimentation, with a proliferation of services, and few services providing compelling alternatives to the established means of scholarly communication and research practice that are so entrenched within the systems for evaluating and rewarding researchers for their work.

The full report is available for download at:

See also: Procter, R. Williams, R. Stewart, J. Poschen, M. Snee, H. Voss, A.Asgari-Targhi, M. 'Adoption and Use of Web 2.0 in Scholarly Communications' Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society A