The e-Research framework for South Africa developed by Fernihough (2011), after in depth interviews with various SA research stakeholders, will be discussed in order to give a framework or context for the role of virtual research environments with regard to e- Research. The theoretical background of VRE’s will be described with reference to developments in the UK, USA, Australia and South Africa. Special attention will be given to the VRE conceptual framework that was developed in South Africa.
e-Research e-Research framework Virtual Research Environments (VRE’s) VRE framework International & SA examples of VRE’s Getting to the practice...
large scale science, humanities & social science research, that is increasingly being carried out through distributed, global collaborations, enabled by the Internet and related technologies … e-Research is a new way of doing research, collaborating globally and nationally while making use of ICT infrastructure to do research. (Fernihough 2011) http://supercolossal.ch/
e-Research Infrastructure or “cyber infrastructure” e-Research Middleware and Services e-Research Applications e-Research Products and Services
Access Modules for e-Research User Training, Skills Development & Quality Assurance Components Users and the Virtual Research Environment for e-Research
Collaboration in e-Research Activities Funding of e-Research Components
Can be seen as the IT infrastructure (hardware & software) that supports & enables all the steps in the Research Process in an integrated manner Librarians can play a pivotal role in the development, implementation and facilitation of a Virtual Research Environment The core element of the e-Research framework Many international projects & initiatives Also 2 South African initiatives
Project management Project management system Proposal writing Document management system Generic software e.g. MS / Open Office Real time communication Skype, smart board, video conferences Training / mentoring E-learning system for researchers Identification of funding sources Identification of research area Literature review & indexing Identification of collaborators Internal shared database of indexed articles Dissemination & artifacts Web/wiki/blog: search engines, databases; researchers & topics; funders, portals, communication, projects Repositories: research results; experiments; literature & documents Scientific workflow (Collaborative) Electronic Lab book Sophisticated instruments that generate digital information and data Servers with data files (Free) Data analysis software Integrated data management system Access to research networks & super computers; access to labs with in silico screening Mathematical modelling tools; numerical algorithm tools; simulation software; in silico experiments South African VRE framework
BL / MS RIC: Manage- ment of published info ResearchGate: research collaboration OPENWETWARE: Lab Notebook on Blog myexperiment: scientific workflows archer e-Research toolkit: data management HUBzero: access to interactive simulation tools nanoHUB: subject gateway built on HUBzero platform International VRE examples
Looks MUCH better—well done Having fun using the new VRE facility! It's handy and easy at least for now. Good job Martie et al. Easier and faster to use Enjoys the blog function
Also investigating LMS Sakai to use as a possible VRE?
Fernihough, S., e-Research (An Implementation Framework for South African Organisations). 4th African Conference for Digital Scholarship and Digital Curation, Pretoria: 16 May 2011. http://www.nedicc.ac.za/Conference/Upload%20Papaers/S %20Ferihough-eResearchImplementationFramework.pdf http://www.nedicc.ac.za/Conference/Upload%20Papaers/S %20Ferihough-eResearchImplementationFramework.pdf Pienaar, H., Van Deventer, M. 2009. To VRE or not to VRE? Do South African malaria researchers need a virtual research environment? Ariadne, 59, April 2009. http://www.ariadne.ac.uk/issue59/pienaar-vandeventer/ http://www.ariadne.ac.uk/issue59/pienaar-vandeventer/ Van Deventer, M. Natural Products VRE – a model to identify librarian roles in the online work environment. 4th African Conference for Digital Scholarship and Digital Curation, Pretoria: 16 May 2011. http:// www.nedicc.ac.za/Conference/Upload%20Papaers/2 04%20Natural%20products%20VRE%20V2x.pdf http:// www.nedicc.ac.za/Conference/Upload%20Papaers/2 04%20Natural%20products%20VRE%20V2x.pdf