World class research needs world class information resources: expert workshop

Added by Sarah on 05 November 2008 12:38

Tuesday, 2 December 2008 09:30 - 16:00

Location: Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaeologists, Regent's Park, London NW1 4RG

This expert workshop investigated how to maximise the accessibility of information resources for the UK’s five Centres for Language Based Area Studies and for other universities that supporting research in the same subject areas.

These five Centres were set up by HEFCE, the Scottish Funding Council, Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC), and the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) with the aim of ‘creating a world-class cadre of researchers that will enhance the UK’s understanding of the Arab world, China and Japan, Eastern Europe, and the former Soviet Union’. Consultations with the five Centres as well as with other universities has shown that there are issues to be addressed if we are to optimise the accessibility of key information resources to support the development of world-class research capacity.

Following a series of short presentations to outline the issues, Research directors, researchers and specialist library staff met and discussed the availability and accessibility of information resources for researchers in each of these strategically important areas.

The presentations are now available below, along with a report with recommendations from the meeting

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