A Study of the Relationship of Communication Technology Configurations in Virtual Research Environments and Effectiveness of Collaborative Research

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Title: A Study of the Relationship of Communication Technology Configurations in Virtual Research Environments and Effectiveness of Collaborative Research
Author: Ahmed, Iftekhar
Abstract: Virtual Research Environments (VRE ) are electronic meeting places for interaction among scientists created by combining software tools and computer networking . Virtual teams are enjoying increased importance in the conduct of scientific research because of the rising cost of traditional scientific scholarly communication , the growing importance of shared academic research by geographically dispersed scientific teams , and changes in the corporate research structures . New facilities provided by the Internet technology enhanced this situation . Currently , our knowledge about VRE -based scientific communication and what makes it effective is relatively immature in terms of understanding technology (interface , architecture , and software evaluation ) , system management (software systems , visualization , scalability ) , knowledge bases , expert systems , and coordination . Moreover , we do not have a comprehensive classification scheme for virtual research environments primarily from a technological viewpoint . This study provided an analysis of VRE from a technological standpoint and developed a conceptual model that identified factors facilitating collaboration effectiveness with a primary focus on technology . VRE portals were at the core of the investigation as they are the entry points for VRE related information and resource access . First , the study developed a methodological framework for characterizing VREs , applied that framework to examine and classify existing VRE systems , and developed a new classification . Then , the study established a relationship between the technological profiles of various types of VREs and their productivity . Study results show that the technological arrangements of the VRE neither depend upon scientific discipline nor the existing functional typology . The study did not identify a significant presence of communication and collaboration technologies within the VRE systems . However , results indicated that there were a correlation between communication and collaboration technologies and VRE effectiveness .
URI: http : / /hdl .handle .net /1969 .1 /ETD -TAMU -2009 -08 -856
Date: 2010-01-16

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A Study of the Relationship of Communication Technology Configurations in Virtual Research Environments and Effectiveness of Collaborative Research. Available electronically from http : / /hdl .handle .net /1969 .1 /ETD -TAMU -2009 -08 -856 .

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