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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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10.1 The Future of Virtual Research Environments

10.1 The Future of Virtual Research Environments

(p.295) 10.1 The Future of Virtual Research Environments
World Wide Research

Matthew Dovey

The MIT Press

Virtual research environments (VREs) are locations where researchers go to find and use the information and communication technology (ICT) tools they need for their research. The VRE concept is not new, having been preceded by similar initiatives such as a “scholar's workstation” or “collaboratory,” and traces its roots to virtual learning environments (VLEs). This chapter focuses on the future of VREs and highlights the enduring significance of key requirements for their effectiveness, including their usability, adaptability, interoperability, and sharability. After looking at the antecedents and motivations behind emerging VRE concepts, the chapter discusses trends in VRE developments.

Keywords:   virtual research environments, information and communication technology, research, usability, adaptability, interoperability, sharability

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