‘Interdisciplinary’ is a well-defined and clearly understood term among scientists. FALSE.
Interdisciplinary research means going and interacting in realms that are outside your area of expertise. It has to be problem-driven – you have a question that demands that you enlist the help of others… I work with people who work at different wavelengths. * http://www2.lib.umn.edu/about/scieval/SciEvalInterdisciplinary.pdf (summary report written by Wayne Loftus)
The only thing that makes my research interdisciplinary is that I have to put it in my grant applications to get funding. Feedback is used in so many mechanisms…so it is a naturally interdisciplinary area. * http://www2.lib.umn.edu/about/scieval/SciEvalInterdisciplinary.pdf
Interdisciplinary research is a recent development. FALSE.
Interdisciplinarity spells the demise of unique disciplines. FALSE.
Credibility in core discipline Identification of and connection to appropriate collaborators Geographically-dispersed research units Disparity in access to same ‘wealth’ of resources * http://www2.lib.umn.edu/about/scieval/SciEvalInterdisciplinary.pdf
Coordination of work of multiple colleagues Different vocabularies Lack of information about core journals, texts, and researchers in a given field Lack of information about appropriate publication venues * http://www2.lib.umn.edu/about/scieval/SciEvalInterdisciplinary.pdf
Picture a diagram with overlapping circles. You have to do research that bridges between 2 and 4 disciplines. And you can’t just contribute in one specific area. You have to take the disciplines and integrate them somehow to create something new. Most of us are trained in a single field, so it’s hard to take what we know and take it to a different level. * http://www2.lib.umn.edu/about/scieval/SciEvalInterdisciplinary.pdf
Continue transition to e-resources Ease access to remote physical materials Identify best tools for collaboration – teach classes for effective use Develop programs and resources to assist experienced researchers working in unfamiliar disciplines Re-examine liaison and selection systems – ensure that interdisciplinary areas are appropriately served * http://www2.lib.umn.edu/about/scieval/SciEvalInterdisciplinary.pdf
CURRENT Forensic Science Program FUTURE Water for Food Institute
A multi-dimensional framework for academic support (humanities and social sciences) http://www2.lib.umn.edu/about/mellon/ http://conservancy.umn.edu/handle/5540http://conservancy.umn.edu/handle/5540 (final report) Understanding research behaviors, information resources, and service needs of scientists and graduate students http://www2.lib.umn.edu/about/scieval/index.htm http://conservancy.umn.edu/handle/5545http://conservancy.umn.edu/handle/5545 (final report)