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World Wide ResearchReshaping the Sciences and Humanities$
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William H. Dutton and Paul W. Jeffreys

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780262014397

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: August 2013

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262014397.001.0001

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Embedding e-Research Applications : Designing for Usability

Embedding e-Research Applications : Designing for Usability

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World Wide Research

Grace de la Flor

Marina Jirotka

Sharon Lloyd

Andrew Warr

The MIT Press

This chapter examines key technical artifacts of e-Research, including e-Infrastructure and application software tools, from the perspective of the researchers who are trying to achieve their research goals using these technologies. It explores how traditional approaches to improving the usability of information and communication technology (ICT)-based systems can be reconceptualized to become of greater value in software development. The chapter also discusses one of the most important and frustrating areas of difficulty faced by researchers—the serious security weaknesses of online technologies and devices—and considers sustainable ways of building trust in e-Research systems. In addition, it assesses the implications for e-Research of the popular social networking approaches that typify Web 2.0, computer-supported cooperative work, software design and work practice in end-user development, multisited ethnography, and the Internet’s security vulnerability.

Keywords:   e-Research, usability, security, social networking, Web 2.0, cooperative work, software design, Internet

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