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The Impact of Grey Literature in Advancing Global Karst Research An Information Needs Assessment for a Globally Distributed Interdisciplinary Community.

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1 The Impact of Grey Literature in Advancing Global Karst Research An Information Needs Assessment for a Globally Distributed Interdisciplinary Community

2 From Natural Resources Canada Caves topography water maps geology environment aquifers erosion limestone RAIN dissolution geography bedrock Sinkholes acids groundwater Carbonate rock hydrology resource DOLOMITE contamination Terrain subsurface human impact Speleology What is Karst?

3 SEM image by Michael Spilde Resource Deposit Search Interface + Data Management Tools Content + Indices/Databases The Karst Information Portal (KIP) will link the global karst research community with an open- access and integrated information resource designed to advance karst, cave and aquifer studies. Web Service Interface

4 Information Needs Assessment Purpose Define information content needs Assess role of grey information sources Define desired web services Method Snowball sampling (11 initial targets) Web-based Piloted January 2006 Administered August- September 2006 Conducted to guide development of the Karst Information Portal … Karst Information Portal

5 Respondents Occupation/AffiliationNo. Researcher29 Caver13 Resource Manager6 College Student6 Government Agency4 Industry Researcher / Consultant 3 Museum / Institute2 Librarian / Information Professional 2 Activist1 TOTAL66 Geographic Distribution Belgium Ireland Netherlands Romania Switzerland United Kingdom Karst Information Portal

6 Locating Information Internet 98.4% Personal Communication 87.1% 82.3% Conferences & Meetings n=62 Grey Channels Karst Information Portal

7 96.6% Use Grey Information n= % 82.8% 81.0% Proceedings Trip/Cave Reports Theses/ Dissertations + Maps Top Four Grey Information Sources To the statement, Grey literature is a very important source of information to karst researchers … 70.9 % agree Karst Information Portal

8 65.4% 89.3% Produce Grey Information n= % 76.9% Proceedings Trip/Cave Reports Information Type% Conference Proceedings/Papers80.8 Trip & Cave Reports76.9 Speeches or Invited Talks65.4 Images65.4 Maps61.5 Research Proposals57.7 Theses/Dissertations53.8 Association/Organization Publications48.1 Newsletters46.2 Cave Entrance Databases44.2 Grant Applications44.2 Most Commonly Produced Grey Information Types Top Four Grey Information Sources Karst Information Portal Images Speeches/ Invited Talks +

9 Preservation & Access 75.5% Personal Archiving Space Where do you archive the grey information that you produce? No Formal Archiving 28.3% Information Type% Theses/Dissertations51.0 Conference Proceedings/Papers46.9 Governmental Reports42.9 Non-Governmental Reports40.8 Cave Entrance Databases36.7 Trip & Cave Reports32.7 Foreign-Language Translations28.6 Association/Organization Publications28.6 Maps26.5 Pre-1923 Karst Papers26.5 Most Difficult Grey Information Types to Access n=49 Karst Information Portal

10 The Karst Information Portal (KIP) As Grey Literature Repository Respondents expressing conditions … 32.7% n=55 Would you use the KIP as a personal digital repository? Yes43.6 % No20.0% Concerns Fueling Conditions Karst Information Portal

11 Context for Grey Literature in the KIP Project Karst Information Portal

12 Thank You! Todd Chavez Director of Collection Analysis, USF Library System Dr. Anna Perrault Professor, USF School of Library & Information Science Courtney Crummett Fellow, National Library of Medicine Pete Reehling GIS Librarian, USF Library System Lechuguilla Cave 3-D Profile Toporobot Computer Assisted Cave Cartography Karst Information Portal


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