The Australian Department of Education, Science, and Training has realeased Changing Research Practices in the Digital Information and Communication Environment. Neat stuff, with a nice minable bibliography. From the introduction:
There are a number of inter-related factors driving changes in the ways in which researchers create, access and communicate information. Among the more significant of these are increasing demands for the commercialisation of research outcomes and for measurable research performance, and the impact of information and communication technologies (ICTs). It is only by understanding both the evolving needs of researchers and the emerging mechanisms for meeting them that we can effectively resource their activities at the individual, institutional and national levels.
This project examines evolving research practices, focusing on how practices are changing and what the implications of those changes are for scholarly communication and the future development of the research information infrastructure. It was supported by the Australian Commonwealth Department of Education, Science and Training’s Research Evaluation Programme, and is intended to provide an input into the Government’s thinking on the future development of Australia’s research infrastructure.