Organization of biomedical data for collaborative scientific research: A research information management system

Sahiti Myneni, Vimla Patel

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Abstract

Biomedical researchers often work with massive, detailed and heterogeneous datasets. These datasets raise new challenges of information organization and management for scientific interpretation, as they demand much of the researchers' time and attention. The current study investigated the nature of the problems that researchers face when dealing with such data. Four major problems identified with existing biomedical scientific information management methods were related to data organization, data sharing, collaboration, and publications. Therefore, there is a compelling need to develop an efficient and user-friendly information management system to handle the biomedical research data. This study evaluated the implementation of an information management system, which was introduced as part of the collaborative research to increase scientific productivity in a research laboratory. Laboratory members seemed to exhibit frustration during the implementation process. However, empirical findings revealed that they gained new knowledge and completed specified tasks while working together with the new system. Hence, researchers are urged to persist and persevere when dealing with any new technology, including an information management system in a research laboratory environment.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)256-264
Number of pages9
JournalInternational Journal of Information Management
Volume30
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Jun 2010

Keywords

  • Biomedical data
  • Bioscience
  • Collaboration
  • Implementation
  • Information management

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Information Systems
  • Computer Networks and Communications
  • Library and Information Sciences

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