In developing SciVerse, Elsevier's recently launched search and discovery platform, the company conducted a significant amount of research within the scientific community. Building on earlier qualitative work, the online "Future of Search and Discovery" survey offers a quick pulse of the attitudes and opinions of more than 1,200 researchers across the globe. Respondents primarily hailed from academia (79%) with the balance from government (15%) and industry (7%).
Broad-Based Web Trends Poised to Enhance Search Process
The survey investigates the current understanding of the prospective impact of open data and the opening up of platforms through the release of Application Programming Interfaces (APIs). The results clearly suggest awareness of the potential these trends hold for enhancing search. In fact, almost all respondents agree that "open data is important to the future of search and discovery," with 71 percent indicating it is "very important" and another quarter (26%) finding it "somewhat important."
Researchers also have a high level of awareness of APIs, seeing them as important components that can foster innovation. Eight in 10 concur the "availability of APIs will foster experimentation and the development of innovative search and discovery applications."
"The ability to find and access raw data is increasingly critical to
research. As the volume of data continues to grow and repositories
proliferate, researchers will need new solutions to help them find and use
that data," explained Judson Dunham, Senior Product Manager Science and
Technology for Elsevie
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