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Access to Research: Overcoming Barriers Report December 17, 2009

Posted by dataduchess in InformationIssues.
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We have talked about access to information in the past, and the frustration of known but inaccessible information.

A recent report from the Resource Information Network, Overcoming Barriers: Access to Research Information, reaches the same conclusions as those of us who do research (in any field) have already experienced:

The report’s key finding is that access is still a major concern for researchers. Although researchers report having no problems finding content in this age of electronic information, gaining access is another matter due to the complexity of licensing arrangements, restrictions placed on researchers accessing content outside of their own institution and the laws protecting public and private sector information. This means that research into important information resources can be missing. Researchers report that they are frustrated by this lack of immediate access and that this slows their progress, hinders collaborative work and may well affect the quality and integrity of work produced.

The full report is available here or you can download it here.

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