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Online Tools; Distractions for Physical Scientists

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Tha January 2012, issue of Physics World.com discusses the results of a study by several groups, UK’s Research Information Network, the Royal Astronomical Society and the Institute of Physics, which publishes physicsworld.com. The report titled Collaborative Yet Independent, mentions that despite the heavy use of online resources such as Google Scholar, etc, most physical scientists are slow in picking up new communication technologies. For example, they rarely use blogs or websites to communicate professionally or share data with a collaborative group of researchers. The reasons go on along with other findings that were of no surprise to me.

I can say this, granted it is my own 2 cents, but when I worked as a Physicist, we rarely had the time to investigate new commmunication resources or learn the skills. At the time of course, (late 1990s) it was easier to transfer data via a database or FTP site. With new data speeeds, thsi has changed but as mentioned, researchers are going to go with a known factor, so they stick with old communication/data skills.

Hey, if it gets the job done – it does the job. Right?

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