Information handling in collaborative research: an exploration of five case studies

Added by Catherine Gray on 18 November 2011

This study, commissioned by RIN and the British Library, comprising of a set of case studies looking at how researchers access, use and disseminate information in collaborations between higher education and business, public and third sector partners.

The case studies focus on the behaviours and needs of researchers working on both sides of collaborations between higher education institutions and an external partner. They follow previous case studies focusing upon information handling in the life sciences, humanities, physical sciences (to be published Dec 2011), and upon openness in research. The overall aim of the case studies was to:

  • Understand how researchers manage the discovery, access, use, creation, sharing and dissemination of information resources, within the research project and with external partners;
  • Provide comparisons between the behaviours and needs of researchers in different types of collaborations;
  • Identify barriers to more effective use of information in collaborations, and provide recommendations on how such barriers might be overcome.

The research was carried out by TNS-BMRB and Dr Ruth Levitt.

The final report is available to download below. If you would like a hard copy, please email

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