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Sharing research resources of different kinds, in new ways, and on an increasing scale, is a central element of the unfolding e-Research vision. Web 2.0 is seen as providing the technical platform to enable these new forms of scholarly communications. We report findings from a study of the use of Web 2.0 services by UK researchers and their use in novel… (More)
This paper presents preliminary findings from two projects that aim to widen the uptake of e-Infrastructures for research. Through the development of a corpus of evidence and through community engagement, we aim to uncover barriers to adoption, enablers that may facilitate uptake and good practice that may be used by those wishing to engage with… (More)
This paper presents work conducted in the e-Uptake project which aims to widen the uptake of e-Infrastructure Services for research. We focus specifically on the identification of barriers and enablers of uptake and the taxonomy developed to structure our findings. Based on this, we describe our model of uptake and the development of a number of… (More)
This paper reports findings from a study of researchers and research-computing support staff. It explores examples of the social relations supporting the adoption, adaptation and domestication of e-Research technologies and e-Infrastructures and makes recommendations for funding organizations, technology suppliers, service providers and institutions.
This paper discusses the issue of achieving sustainability in e-Social Science and e-Science more generally. We aim to examine what is meant by sustainability and present a conceptual model that can help to illuminate what constellations of technical and social infrastructure underpin current usage and in what areas interventions may be needed to sustain… (More)
Cartwright in her (2004) paper takes a pluralistic approach to causation. Inspired by Pearl's (2000) multi-faceted notion of causation and Cartwright's approach, I suggest a Causal Spectrum, a model in which all the causal models are arranged according to an agent's amount and more importantly type of knowledge about a causal event. The more efficiently we… (More)
Argumentation schemes describe patterns of reasoning in discourse. We report an investigation into whether the argumentation scheme known as 'inference to the best explanation' (IBE) captures the argumentation found in collaborative case-based learning. We examine the dialogue of three students working in an online learning environment as they attempt to… (More)
Based on more than 100 interviews with respondents from academic and IT services provider sides, we present findings from our study of inhibitors and enablers of adoption of e-Infrastructure services for research. We discuss issues raised and potential ways of addressing them.