torii.info “The way you work has already changed ” The digital research community The communication of the results of scientific research and in many ways research itself have changed in recent years as digital means of information production, distribution and access have become widespread. Think of your desk, or your office. The way you work has already changed. Paper preprints have been replaced by electronic archives, mail and phone calls by e-mail, typewriters and hand drawing by text and graphic software programs, cabinet files by saved directories on hard disks. These new tools, together with multimedia presentations and conference websites, constitute the growing digital network of information that is taking over many aspects of the working place of research. It is a system in which the information flow is regulated, integrated and made available by the software and the network. A three layer structure The digital network of research is currently organized in three layers: • Repositories of information: open archives and databases. This first level is analogous to library and publishers ’ stacks
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