Matthew David and David
Zeitlyn (1996) 'What are they Doing? Dilemmas in Analyzing Bibliographic
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Received: 28/10/96 Accepted: 18/12/96 Published: 23/12/96
Ways of searching are changing all the time, it seems that every time you go to do a new search you need to learn a new way of accessing to information ... and this can be very infuriating, but I guess that is what you would call progress. (Interview transcript)
The library funds a certain amount of basic journals and materials, but the rest comes from very uncertain research grants.
... increasingly now the tendency is to publish in increasingly small sub- fields, both in terms of textbooks and with journals.
The problem often is at the moment ... that when a postgrad leaves they leave a pile of papers and these are then not indexed in any way for following students entering the team.
I mean my filing system is a pile on my desk ... I don't know where it is but I know its here somewhere ... it's a microcosm of my life.
What is necessary is an increasing amount of communication because the data-base that he's accessing is of interest to these three fellows...
What the department could do with is try to collate a database on what is available in the department as a whole - in everyone's offices there are a mass of papers.
... a nodal database system that could be linked into a nodal network.
... pressure to focus ... government is forcing a closer relation between business and academy ... the first question is based on whether there is a business related application for the products of the work, and whether someone will be willing to commercially fund the research.
The push is toward more short term research ... by definition ... business ... wants answers to certain questions.
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