Understanding Scientific Research Lifecycle: Based on Bio- and Nano-Scientists' Research Activities

과학기술분야 R&D 전주기 연구 - 국내 생명 및 나노과학기술 연구자를 중심으로 -

  • Received : 2012.07.14
  • Accepted : 2012.08.12
  • Published : 2012.08.30


This study aimed to identify the entire lifecycle of research projects in science and technology. Specifically, it attempted to reveal major research steps and research activities from the beginning to the end of R&D projects. It also investigated information needs, source use and problems scientists encounter in each research step. In-depth interviews with 24 Korean scientists in the fields of bio- and nano-science and technology revealed five major steps of lifecycle, namely idea formation, seeking funding, experiment and analysis, output disseminations, and evaluation. We further identified specific information behaviors and salient communication and research tools in each step.


Science and Technology;R&D Lifecycle;Human Information Behavior;Scientific Data Sharing;Information Barriers;User Study;Bioscience;Nano Science;Sense-Making;Activity Theory;E-Science


Grant : 국내 연구자 R&D 라이프사이클 조사

Supported by : 한국과학기술정보연구원


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