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1 Articulating a Grass-root View of Research Communities Dr Lydia Lau School of Computing University of Leeds UK

2 22-23 May 2007VREs meet CWEs workshop - nesc2 Evolution of infrastructures for collaboration

3 22-23 May 2007VREs meet CWEs workshop - nesc3 VRE vs CWE ABC VRE CWE CWE – collaborative work environment VRE – virtual research environment A computer scientists view

4 22-23 May 2007VREs meet CWEs workshop - nesc4 Traditionally: Top Down VRE / CWE

5 22-23 May 2007VREs meet CWEs workshop - nesc5 e.g. Virtual Knowledge Park (VKP)

6 22-23 May 2007VREs meet CWEs workshop - nesc6 e.g. EVIE Project: Typical campus research systems landscape Derek Sergeant, Leeds University Library

7 22-23 May 2007VREs meet CWEs workshop - nesc7 EVIE project: Research Lifecycle Resource Discovery Collaboration with Partners Research Outputs Obtain Funding Project Management Derek Sergeant Leeds University Library

8 22-23 May 2007VREs meet CWEs workshop - nesc8 Issues Assumption: Users use it as the main virtual place of work! Reality: A number of competitions for being the main virtual workplace! and… Usually a fraction of the functionalities were used People dipped in and out –Difficult to assemble a critical mass –A number of ghost workspaces over time

9 22-23 May 2007VREs meet CWEs workshop - nesc9 Why? – a boundary issue? What are we dealing with here? –Valuable output and knowledge generated from research work –Need a community to sustain / maintain the effort : important for progressing research Key ingredients: researcher resources tools & techniques researcher Protocols & practices Quality assurance community

10 22-23 May 2007VREs meet CWEs workshop - nesc10 A grass root view to break boundary - concept of a researchers affinity radar zones 2 questions - the real research environment for individual researcher? - are the tools / resources specific or generic?

11 22-23 May 2007VREs meet CWEs workshop - nesc11 Doing the affinity radar scan – an example

12 22-23 May 2007VREs meet CWEs workshop - nesc12 Tracing the community – and what they need A B C A B C D E F H In particular, the core group of active members of the community

13 Future work Testing the concept by modelling a research community


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