Ithaka S+R’s Research Support Services: Recommendations for Addressing the Needs of Chemists and Historians

Roger Schonfeld
Program Director, Ithaka S+R

Deanna Marcum
Managing Director, Ithaka S+R


Over the past year, Ithaka S+R has conducted studies of the changing research methods and practices of scholars in two major fields: history and chemistry. At the spring 2012 Coalition for Networked Information (CNI) meeting, researchers shared background information about this new program of work. This presentation will include the comprehensive findings regarding the needs of scholars in these fields to facilitate discussion about implications for the CNI community.

For history, even when research methods remain fairly traditional, new practices are transforming the needs of historians. For chemistry, thinking about the needs of the laboratory group and not just the individual chemist may open up new avenues for research support. This session will include recommendations for possible service models to address these needs, and it will also include extended discussion about the feasibility of these service models and others that may build on our findings.


Last updated:  Tuesday, December 18th, 2012