Case Studies in the Life Sciences

Funded by the Research Information Network, seven case studies of research teams working in the life sciences were undertaken by a partnership between the Digital Curation Centre (DCC) and the University of Edinburgh’s Institute for the Study of Science, Technology and Innovation (ISSTI), between October 2008 and August 2009.

The study team examined a wide array of cases, across differing areas of life sciences research, with the aim of providing a concise analysis of how researchers in the life sciences make use of information sources and services relevant to their research; how they analyse, evaluate and manage the information they acquire from such sources; what measures they take to create, gather, manage and communicate new data and information; and the mechanisms they apply when  presenting and disseminating this new information. 

Essentially, the study team found that the views and practices of life science researchers are sharply divergent from the strategies adopted and promoted by policy-makers and information service providers.

The project outcomes have been published as follows.

Williams, R. & Pryor, G. (2009, November). Patterns of information use and exchange: Case studies of researchers in the life sciences. London: Research Information Network and British Library. Available at:

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