The survey aims to explore the research culture of historians of science, technology and medicine, paying close attention to both tools of research and access to them.
One of the most discussed items among librarians and information specialists is open access and institutional repositories. The results of the questionnaire will be introduced at the Symposia The Tools of Research and the Craft of History at the 5th international conference of the European Society for the History of Science. The conclusions will be used to plant the activities of the Commission of Bibliography and Documentation (CBD) of the International Union of History and Philosophy of Science/Division of History of Science and Technology (IUHPS/DHST) regarding the institutional repositories as a mean to foster dissemination of scholarly information and preserve scientific heritage.
The questionnaire was created with the valuable advices of dr. Ginarė Tautkevičienė, a co-ordinator of eIFL-OA within the Lithuanian Research Library Consortium; including the kind permission to use the open access survey of the project eMoDB.LT2: Opening of the Online Research Databases for Lithuania.
We kindly invite you to express your opinion and ideas about the open access. Your answers are expected before the 15 October, 20102.
The questionnaire is anonymous.
Dr. Birutė Railienė
President of the CBD of the IUHPS/DHST
Terms and descriptions:
Institutional repositories – are digital collections of the outputs created within a university or research institution. Whilst the purposes of repositories may vary (for example, some universities have teaching/learning repositories for educational materials), in most cases they are established to provide Open Access to the institution’s research output.
Open Access – free access to research output: articles, conference reports, doctoral dissertations and theses, other published or unpublished materials. The development of open access enhances opportunities to disseminate the results of research, ensure their worldwide visibility by providing members of the academic community with extensive access to global scientific resources.
Output (bibliographic) style – a set of data, describing certain document and arranged in a special style and sequence (for example, APA, MLA, etc.). An international Standard (ISO 690:2010) gives guidelines for the preparation of bibliographic references.