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Elsevier Survey Reveals Researchers Ready to Push Scientific Search and Discovery to the Next Level
Date:9/28/2010

r. "New platforms, APIs and tailored applications can help to release the full potential of that data. The survey suggests that researchers recognize the potential for these trends to accelerate research."

Taking Application Development Personally

Researchers not only agree that APIs will result in search-related application experimentation, they are also ready to play an active role. More than two-thirds (68%) say they would be personally interested in developing a search and discovery application using scientific content for their own institution. Within this group of respondents, 61 percent identify "the opportunity to help speed up research among the scientific community as a whole" as best describing the driving force behind their interest. Comparatively, less than one third (31%) say their motivation would be to speed up their own research.

Despite their attraction to application building, less than one third of these researchers (31%) feel their institution would be supportive in terms of time and resources. In fact, 41 percent indicate their institutions would expect them to develop applications on their own time, using their own resources. These results suggest development could potentially be curtailed by uncertainty with respect to support.

The survey also revealed technical fluency as another possible barrier. Among those who did not initially indicate application development interest, 66 percent say they would indeed be interested if they could collaborate with others who would handle the technical aspects.

Diversity of Needs Reflected in Specific Application Interest

Perhaps reflective of the diverse needs and interests of researchers, there were no clear leaders when respondents were asked which type of applications would be most useful to the scientific community. In fact, all of the application options in the survey had similar response rates as follows: applications that facilitate more customized sea
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