eResearch for Word users?

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Sefton, Peter. 2008. "eResearch for Word users?" Wyborn, Lesley and McMillan, Patricia (ed.) eResearch Australasia 2008. Melbourne, Australia 28 Sep - 03 Oct 2008 Brisbane, Australia.
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eResearch for Word users?

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AuthorSefton, Peter
EditorsWyborn, Lesley and McMillan, Patricia
Journal or Proceedings TitleProceedings of eResearch Australasia 2008
Number of Pages11
Year2008
Place of PublicationBrisbane, Australia
Web Address (URL) of Paperhttp://espace.library.uq.edu.au/view/UQ:155359
Conference/EventeResearch Australasia 2008
Event Details
eResearch Australasia 2008
Event Date
28 Sep 2008 to end of 03 Oct 2008
Event Location
Melbourne, Australia
Abstract

This paper documents the plight of 'average' modern researchers as they apply their academic writing skills in the new world of eResearch. We might expect researchers to have mastered some of the basic generic writing tools; an office suite with a word processor, the ability to generate charts from tables of data; a reference manager that can insert citations; and tools of their discipline like statistics packages. But the 'ordinary' researcher who tunes-in to the clamour about ideas and tools from a conference like eResearch Australia could be easily overwhelmed by the gap between the obvious potential and their own command of the technology they have to hand. Eight things to which a tuned-in researcher might aspire: (a) to share data with colleagues, (b) to collaborate on semantically rich documents which include appropriate data visualizations, (c) to blog their research as it happens, (d) to annotate data and works in progress, (e) to submit to journals, (f) to deposit appropriate copies of papers into various discipline and institutional repositories, and not just in PDF format, (g) in HTML, with rich interactivity and links to their data. They might also aspire to ensure (h) preservation of their data and their writing without accidentally choosing a doomed data format in which to store it. The question is how do we get there from here? The starting point is using Microsoft Word with references in EndNote emailed around a workgroup then sent to a publisher. The goal is to collaborate on a document which has embedded rich semantics, such as geographical data points that can be displayed on maps and overlaid with data from other sources. The document needs to be viewed on the web with interactive maps, and annotated, tagged and commented upon, as well as being distributed as a traditional paper paper and stored in the dreaded PDF file. Finally it must be automatically deposited in appropriate repositories, one of which is a publisher's review queue. Focussing on the writing process, this paper explores some of the aspirations listed above and suggests some practical advice for researchers and their support staff. There is a discussion at this point about the Integrated Content Environment � an academically focussed collaborative content management system, with integration into repository systems which can help with some of the aspirations of the modern eResearcher, but with a lot of work still to do. Other tools are also considered and found wanting. The conclusion suggests some more areas for research and development, targeted both at the Australasian context but also globally, to research funding bodies. How can our researchers get there from here?

KeywordseResearch; research; researchers; Microsoft Word
ANZSRC Field of Research 2020460806. Human-computer interaction
390405. Educational technology and computing
460911. Inter-organisational, extra-organisational and global information systems
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