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Publication date: 1 February 1992

Alice Robbin

The purpose of this article is to contribute to our stock of knowledge about who uses networks, how they are used, and what contribution the networks make to advancing the…

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The purpose of this article is to contribute to our stock of knowledge about who uses networks, how they are used, and what contribution the networks make to advancing the scientific enterprise. Between 1985 and 1990, the Survey of Income and Program Participation (SIPP) ACCESS data facility at the University of Wisconsin‐Madison provided social scientists in the United States and elsewhere with access through the electronic networks to complex and dynamic statistical data; the 1984 SIPP is a longitudinal panel survey designed to examine economic well‐being in the United States. This article describes the conceptual framework and design of SIPP ACCESS; examines how network users communicated with the SIPP ACCESS project staff about the SIPP data; and evaluates one outcome derived from the communications, the improvement of the quality of the SIPP data. The direct and indirect benefits to social scientists of electronic networks are discussed. The author concludes with a series of policy recommendations that link the assessment of our inadequate knowledge base for evaluating how electronic networks advance the scientific enterprise and the SIPP ACCESS research network experience to the policy initiatives of the High Performance Computing Act of 1991 (P.L. 102–194) and the related extensive recommendations embodied in Grand Challenges 1993 High Performance Computing and Communications (The FY 1993 U.S. Research and Development Program).

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Internet Research, vol. 2 no. 2
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 1066-2243

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Publication date: 1 June 1995

Alice Robbin

The “collaboratory” concept has recently entered thevernacular of the scientific community to reflect new modes ofscientific communication, cooperation and collaboration made…

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The “collaboratory” concept has recently entered the vernacular of the scientific community to reflect new modes of scientific communication, cooperation and collaboration made possible by information technology. The collaboratory represents a scientific research center “without walls” for accessing and sharing data, information, instrumentation and computational resources. The principal applications of the collaboratory concept have been in the physical and biological sciences, including space physics, oceanography and molecular biology. Discusses the attributes of the collaboratory, and applies the concept developed by computer and physical scientists to the design and operation of the SIPPACCESS prototype information system for complex data to be used through the Internet by sociologists, demographers and economists. Examines obstacles to collaboratory development for the social sciences. Concludes that four major obstacles will inhibit the development of collaboratories in the social sciences.

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Internet Research, vol. 5 no. 2
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 1066-2243

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Journal of Documentation, vol. 58 no. 1
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 0022-0418

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Publication date: 1 October 2001

Mike Freeman

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New Library World, vol. 102 no. 9
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 0307-4803

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Publication date: 1 January 1988

Patrick Wenzel

The Data and Program Library Service (DPLS) supports the research needs of the faculty, staff, and students of the University of Wisconsin‐Madison. Although our primary charge is…

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The Data and Program Library Service (DPLS) supports the research needs of the faculty, staff, and students of the University of Wisconsin‐Madison. Although our primary charge is to the College of Letters and Science, we serve the entire university. DPLS is primarily a data archive of numerical databases for secondary analysis, but we are also the local official representative of the Inter‐university Consortium for Political and Social Research (ICPSR).

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Reference Services Review, vol. 16 no. 1/2
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 0090-7324

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Publication date: 1 January 2006

Michael Buckland

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Journal of Documentation, vol. 62 no. 1
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 0022-0418

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Fandom Culture and The Archers
Type: Book
ISBN: 978-1-80262-970-5

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