Research Social Networking Applications
|Long Title:||New requirements for future uses and users of research social networking applications|
|Scuola Universitaria Professionale della Svizzera Italiana|
|Project Leader:||S. Cangiano|
|Deputy Project Leader:||D. Fornari|
|RSNA website||Research Social Networking Applications website with full documentation|
|RSNA final report||Final report including results of the benchmarking analysis, the survey and the requirements|
The project deliverables are:
The requirement document is a conceptual and technical description about the features of a new research social networking application addressed to the Swiss research community that supports Open Science practices and includes different research stakeholders (universities, funding institutions, third parties).
The documentation will be disseminated and used also for the research of partners addressed to a
further development of the application prototype.
Future activities will be addressed to the refinement of the requirements document for the assessment of the technological solutions.
A Research Social Networking Application (RSNA) is a web application that proposes new and effective modalities
for connecting researchers, communicating and disseminating research results, sharing resources and news.
Current RSNAs are academia.edu, epernicus.com, researchgate.com, mendeley.com or niche platforms as interdisciplines.org.
RSNAs are emerging web applications within the field of ICT. Nevertheless, the use of research social networks for research communication and dissemination and for fund raising activities is not yet widespread within research communities, particularly in Switzerland, due to several weaknesses of RSNAs, such as the following:
This project will gather all necessary information for designing a RSNA that is tailored to Swiss research communities
and that supports the inclusion of research stakeholders (public institutions, private companies, associations etc.).
The project group will:
The analysis affects communities and RSNAs by providing a review of the current functionalities and the
description of improvements that must be implemented to enhance the use of RSNAs within academia.
Furthermore, the analysis helps to understand the use of RSNA within Swiss research communities and the
features that must be implemented in order to support activities of networking, dissemination and communication
at Universities and Universities of Applied Sciences in Switzerland.
The analysis produces a comparison of features in order to provide research communities with guidance about the use of RSNAs according to their needs.
The practical innovation is the definition of requirements for an English-based platform for Swiss researchers
and for foreign researchers who want to collaborate with Swiss Universities and Universities of Applied Sciences.
The project results will:
The following activities are foreseen:
The requirements document points at highlighting:
The results are disseminated in English under Creative Commons licences. The review of existing RSNAs' features, the
survey results and report of the requirements definition are disseminated through digital reports and presentations
slides published on a specific website.
The dissemination activities are also the base for a further request for funding for the implementation of results into a new RSNA.