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Providing Biomedical Reference on Community Research Networks: A ResearchGate Pilot Study
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Title: Providing Biomedical Reference on Community Research Networks: A ResearchGate Pilot Study
Physical Description: Poster
Creator: Garcia-Milian, Rolando
Norton, Hannah F
Tennant, Michele R
Publication Date: 2012
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Abstract: Objectives: There is growing awareness and use of professional networking platforms for scientific research and collaboration (e.g., VIVO, NetSci, Innocentive, Harvard Catalyst Profiles). With over a million users, ResearchGate (www.researchgate.net) has attracted the attention of biomedical researchers (medicine and biology are largest disciplines represented) including 700 from our institution. This work explores the provision of biomedical reference services over this network. Methods: To investigate potential roles for biomedical librarians in this network, a biomedical librarian provided online reference services through several ResearchGate interest groups and used participant observation to characterize his activity and researchers' responses. In addition, participants in some of those interest groups were asked to evaluate library-generated subject guides related to their field. Network members' responses to subject-specific questions also allowed the librarian to evaluate the overall knowledge of the network. Statistical methods were used to analyze the activity of the different interest groups in terms of network size and question/reply frequency, among others. Finally, the biomedical librarian's own network was studied in terms of size, growth rate, followers' disciplines, and geographic location of followers. Results: After providing reference for more than 8 months, the biomedical librarian's network grew to 180 followers. After following 16 interest groups for 4 months, 2.12 questions per week on average were answered. These questions required the use of numerous subject-specific databases and tools such as Online Mendelian Inheritance in Man, Gene Expression Omnibus, PubChem Compound, Natural Standard, American Type Culture Collection, and TOXNET, among others. In addition, the previous experience of the biomedical librarian in the laboratory was valuable when responding to those questions posed in the methods group and related to research procedures and protocols. Other general topics such as avoiding plagiarism, reference management software, and peer reviewing process, among others, were also discussed by researchers. Specific interest groups not only provided invaluable feedback in evaluating three library-created guides--Bioinformatics, Genetics, and Genomic--but also in the process of creating a new library guide on Proteomics resources and tools. The knowledge of these interest groups was also used to provide guidance when finding answers to complex questions from library patrons. Conclusions: Community research networks are a useful tool in understanding researchers' information needs and information-seeking behavior. Our results could be relevant to reference librarians and others interested in finding new ways of providing services to our users.
Acquisition: Collected for University of Florida's Institutional Repository by the UFIR Self-Submittal tool. Submitted by Rolando Milian.
Publication Status: Unpublished
General Note: Poster presented at the Medical Library Association annual meeting May 19, 2012, Seattle WA
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Source Institution: University of Florida Institutional Repository
Holding Location: University of Florida
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System ID: IR00000951:00001

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Objective To explore the provision of biomedical reference services over ResearchGate, a community research network. Rationale There is growing awareness and use of professional networking platforms for scientific research and collaboration (e.g. VIVO, NetSci, Innocentive, Harvard Catalyst Profiles). With over 1.4 million users, ResearchGate (www.researchgate.net) has attracted the attention of biomedical researchers (medicine and biology are largest disciplines represented) including more than 700 from the University of Florida. Results After following 16 interest groups (Topics) for 4 months, 2.12 questions per week on average were answered. Sample questions asked by researchers in different Topics (interest groups) Conclusions Community research networks are a suitable venue for the provision of biomedical reference. Research networks can be used to provide or increase visibility to library generated content (e.g. LibGuides ) and for getting feedback on it. Such feedback can help improve library created resources Choosing a research network with high membership from home institution researchers Biomedical librarians can use these online networks to understand the information seeking behavior of researchers and apply this knowledge offline for their patrons. As members of research networks, librarians can own questions answered and get feedback on resources the library is considering providing ResearchGate could become another tool for outreach to researchers at UF. Once researchers become followers, they can be invited to be part a closer level of network relationship. Although this preliminary study includes researchers from any discipline, this could be fine tuned to focus on the subject specific expertise of the reference librarian. ResearchGate provides a ranking system that allows individuals to rank the response to an specific question. High ranked responses are displayed at the top of the discussion thread. TOPIC (INTEREST GROUP) QUESTION Science and Open Access Which software is better, EndNote X5 or Mendeley ? Or another reference manager How do you organize your experimental data? I wrote a manuscript about Science 2.0, and want to publish it in a peer review journal. Any volunteers to review it? Thanks! Biomedical Science Anyone who can recommend me a good publication on Copper Proteins and Enzymes? And Zinc Proteins and Enzymes? I have to determine the C reactive protein (CRP) levels from blood. Could anyone help me to get this protocol? I am looking for any information about the relationship between NFkB and liver fibrosis? Genetics Can anyone suggest me articles for genetic mutation in mental retardation? I need current information about type VII secretion system in bacteria. Could anyone help? I am a student and I need help finding a research article of Fragile X Syndrome. Can anyone help? Bioinformatics and Computational Biology Could anyone suggest any reliable software for protein protein interactions? Could any one please suggest me tool or software for multiple sequence alignment. Could anyone suggest a transcription factor target database? Providing Biomedical Reference on Community Research Networks: A ResearchGate Pilot Study Rolando Garcia Milian, Hannah F. Norton, Michele R. Tennant Email: rolando.milian@ufl.edu | nortonh@ufl.edu | tennantm@ufl.edu 0 100 200 300 400 500 600 700 800 May-11 Jun-11 Jul-11 Aug-11 Sep-11 Oct-11 Nov-11 Dec-11 Jan-12 Feb-12 Mar-12 Apr-12 No. Individuals Date UF affiliated Individuals on ResearchGate Analysis of the most active topics The most active topics were analyzed in terms of the number of followers, and in order to determine the ones where researchers needed more information 0 2,000 4,000 6,000 8,000 10,000 12,000 14,000 16,000 18,000 20,000 Number of Followers by Topic 0 10 20 30 40 50 60 70 80 90 100 Number of Posts by Topic Providing visibility and feedback to library generated content 0 2 4 6 8 10 12 14 16 Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Jan Feb Date Bioinformatics LibGuide Genetics LibGuide No. hits ( relative to control) Profile of a biomedical librarian showing the size of his network During the time of this study (4 months) the size of the followers. Some resources used to respond to reference questions Outreach to members of the UF community 39/198 (19.7%) of UF researchers on ResearchGate are contacts showing (in green) those affiliated with UF