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This page provides an overview of 22 articles related to 'virtual research environment', listing most recently updated content first. Note that filters may be applied to display a sub-set of articles in this category (see FAQs on filtering for usage tips). Select this link to remove all filters.

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A virtual research environment (VREs) or virtual laboratory is an online system helping researchers collaborate. Features usually include collaboration support (forums and wikis), document hosting, and some discipline-specific tools, such as data analysis, visualisation, or simulation management. In some instances, publication management, and teaching tools such as presentations and slides may be included. VREs have become important in fields where research is primarily carried out in teams which span institutions and even countries: the ability to easily share information and research results is valuable. The concept of the VRE was studied by UK funding agency JISC in 2010 which highlighted issues such as researcher involvement in VRE design, sustainability, and consideration of the project as primarily one of community building rather than technology. The report also noted synonyms such as "collaborative e-research community", "collaboratory" and "virtual research community". JISC funded development of a number of VREs under its "Virtual research environment programme" from 2004 to 2011. In Australia, e-Research body NeCTAR has funding for a "virtual laboratory" program to be allocated in 2011. (Excerpt from Wikipedia article: Virtual research environment)

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Metadata related to 'virtual research environment' (as derived from all content tagged with this term):

  • Number of articles referring to 'virtual research environment': 22 (1.3% of published articles)
  • Total references to 'virtual research environment' across all Ariadne articles: 234
  • Average number of references to 'virtual research environment' per Ariadne article: 10.64
  • Earliest Ariadne article referring to 'virtual research environment': 2002-07
  • Trending factor of 'virtual research environment': 0 (see FAQs on monitoring of trends)

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Top authors

Ariadne contributors most frequently referring to 'virtual research environment':

  1. michael a. fraser (see articles on this topic by this author)
  2. heila pienaar (see articles on this topic by this author)
  3. martie van deventer (see articles on this topic by this author)
  4. tracey stanley (see articles on this topic by this author)
  5. rob allan (see articles on this topic by this author)

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Electronic Theses and Dissertations: A Strategy for the UK

by John MacColl considers a strategy for electronic theses and dissertations in the United Kingdom.

July 2002, issue32, feature article

Editorial Introduction to Issue 44: One Day We All Learn the Hard Way

Richard Waller introduces Ariadne issue 44.

July 2005, issue44, editorial

Virtual Research Environments: Overview and Activity

Michael Fraser provides an overview of the virtual research environment (VRE) and introduces three JISC-funded projects in which Oxford University is participating.

July 2005, issue44, feature article

Integration and Impact: The JISC Annual Conference

Marieke Guy has collated reports on sessions from the JISC Annual Conference held in Birmingham.

July 2005, issue44, event report

e-Collaboration Workshop: Access Grid, Portals and Other VREs for the Social Sciences

Rob Allan, Rob Crouchley and Michael Daw cover a one-day workshop reporting on the latest developments in e-Collaboration technology and applications.

October 2006, issue49, event report

Workshop on E-Research, Digital Repositories and Portals

Rob Allan, Rob Crouchley and Caroline Ingram report on a two-day workshop held at University of Lancaster over 6-7 September 2006

October 2006, issue49, event report

Editorial Introduction to Issue 51: Democratising Cultural Heritage

Richard Waller introduces Ariadne 51.

April 2007, issue51, editorial

Developing a Virtual Research Environment in a Portal Framework: The EVIE Project

Tracey Stanley provides an overview of the EVIE Project at the University of Leeds which was funded under the JISC Virtual Research Environments Programme.

April 2007, issue51, feature article

The JISC Annual Conference 2007

Philip Pothen and colleagues provide an overview of the proceedings of this Spring's JISC Annual Conference.

April 2007, issue51, event report

News and Events

Ariadne presents a brief summary of news and events.

April 2007, issue51, news and events

The SPP Alerting Portlet: Delivering Personalised Updates

Virginia Knight describes the open-source alerting portlet which has been developed as part of the SPP Subject Portals Project (SPP) and the results of user feedback.

July 2007, issue52, feature article

eResearch Australasia 2008

Tobias Blanke, Ann Borda, Gaby Bright and Bridget Soulsby report on the annual eResearch Australasia Conference, held in Melbourne, Australia, 29 September - 3 October, 2008.

October 2008, issue57, event report

Editorial Introduction to Issue 59: The Loneliness of the Long-distance Worker

Richard Waller introduces Ariadne issue 59.

April 2009, issue59, editorial

To VRE Or Not to VRE?: Do South African Malaria Researchers Need a Virtual Research Environment?

Heila Pienaar and Martie van Deventer identify the requirements of a Virtual Research Environment (VRE) for malaria researchers in South Africa.

April 2009, issue59, feature article

Towards a Toolkit for Implementing Application Profiles

Talat Chaudhri, Julian Cheal, Richard Jones, Mahendra Mahey and Emma Tonkin propose a user-driven methodology for the iterative development, testing and implementation of Dublin Core Application Profiles in diverse repository software environments.

January 2010, issue62, feature article

A Research Revolution: The Impact of Digital Technologies

Dicky Maidment-Otlet and Judy Redfearn describe a new JISC activity to highlight how digital technologies are changing research.

January 2010, issue62, feature article

Fedora UK & Ireland / EU Joint User Group Meeting

Chris Awre reports on the first coming together of two regional user groups for the Fedora digital repository system, hosted by the University of Oxford in December 2009.

January 2010, issue62, event report

Book Review: Supporting Research Students

Brian Whalley reviews a work which helps Library and Information Science Staff at Higher Education Institutions to support their research students.

April 2010, issue63, review

International Digital Curation Conference 2010

Alex Ball reports on the 6th International Digital Curation Conference, held on 7-8 December 2010 in Chicago.

January 2011, issue66, event report

Connecting Researchers at the University of Bath

Jez Cope and Geraldine Jones describe a recent series of events introducing social media to research students at the University of Bath.

July 2011, issue67, feature article

Book Review: University Libraries and Digital Learning Environments

Sylvie Lafortune reviews a collection of essays that examine the transformation of academic libraries as they become part of digital learning environments.

March 2012, issue68, review

eSciDoc Days 2011: The Challenges for Collaborative eResearch Environments

Ute Rusnak reports on the fourth in a series of two-day conferences called eSciDoc Days, organised by FIZ Karlsruhe and the Max Planck Digital Library in Berlin over 26-27 October 2011.

March 2012, issue68, event report

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