The Future of Search... It's All in the Network
In an effort to understand where researchers think things are headed, the survey asked respondents what they thought would be the greatest impact of search technology over the next several years. Nearly half (47%) selected "the establishment of collaborative knowledge networks (online groups of trusted peers)," followed by 28 percent who chose "the linking of data sets to published research," 15 percent who say "improved interoperability of data and content" and 10 percent who agree "the ability to correlate data collected across instruments."
Further indicating an awareness of the importance of knowledge networks to the future of search and discovery, eight in ten (81%) respondents agree "in the next several years, researchers will use knowledge networks (online groups of trusted peers) as a reliable source for filtering and viewing information."
"Entering a new era in search and discovery will require new collaboration, with all members of the scientific community participating and embracing new roles," added Dunham. "Trends like openness and interoperability can empower researchers and developers to build innovative applications for solving specific research pain-points. Researchers also clearly hope and expect to benefit from the social revolution on the web, seeing the formation of knowledge networks that will help filter the growing pool of available and useful content."
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