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Tuesday, December 08, 2009

Report: access still a barrier

Overcoming barriers: access to research information, announcement, December 4, 2009.

This [Research Information Network] report ?nds that many researchers are encountering difficulties in getting access to the content they need and that this is having a significant impact on their research. ...

The reportís key ?nding is that access is still a major concern for researchers. Although researchers report having no problems ?nding content in this age of electronic information, gaining access is another matter due to the complexity of licensing arrangements, restrictions placed on researchers accessing content outside of their own institution and the laws protecting public and private sector information. This means that research into important information resources can be missing. Researchers report that they are frustrated by this lack of immediate access and that this slows their progress, hinders collaborative work and may well affect the quality and integrity of work produced. ...

Also see coverage in Information World Review.