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Use and value of technical reports. Katy Sidwell University of Leeds [email protected] Use and value of technical reports. Views from the literature use of reports factors determining use reason for use how reports are found value of reports MAGiC impact study

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Use and value of technical reports
  • Views from the literature
    • use of reports
    • factors determining use
    • reason for use
    • how reports are found
    • value of reports
  • MAGiC impact study
    • methodology and results

MAGiC - use and value of technical reports

use of technical reports
Use of technical reports
  • Evidence from surveys
    • 81% of 3,106 engineers had used reports in the previous year
          • AAES, 1986
    • 83% of 872 aerospace engineers used reports for a recent project
          • Anderson et al, 2001

MAGiC - use and value of technical reports

factors determining use
Factors determining use
  • ‘Law of least effort’
    • Accessibility
    • Ease of use
  • Chakrabarti (1983)
    • accessibility - 12th
    • utility of information - 5th
    • frequency of use - 8th

MAGiC - use and value of technical reports

aspects of use
Aspects of use
  • King and Griffiths (1991)
    • 90% of reports read for specific work activities
    • average age of reports read is 2 years
    • 50% are 6 months or younger
    • used over a longer period than journals
    • recommendations by colleagues
        • library staff report bulletins
        • citations online searches

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value of technical reports
Value of technical reports
  • $709 savings per reading
    • stopping unproductive work
    • avoidance of primary research
    • confirmation of current research
    • modifying research/engineering design
  • 1-2% readings accounted for most savings
  • relevant reports are very valuable

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magic impact study
MAGiC impact study
  • Investigating
    • why engineers use technical reports
    • how reports are found and read
    • if reports are useful and relevant
    • comparison with other sources

MAGiC - use and value of technical reports

methodology
Methodology
  • Two locations
    • Cranfield University
    • dstl (defence science and technology laboratory)
  • Participants returning reports
    • 13 staff, 17 researchers, 11 masters (42%)
    • 29 engineers, 13 corporate, 3 government (95%)
  • Context of a particular report

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results
Results
  • How did you find out about the report?
    • 53% library catalogue
    • 17% recommendation
    • 16% citation
  • Recommendation
    • 86% dstl
  • Citation
    • 71% Cranfield

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Results
  • Why did you borrow the report?
    • 66% relevant to current work
    • 16% for the data
    • 94% subject matter was relevant to work
  • Which parts of the report did you read?
    • 40% fully read
    • 59% selectively read
        • abstract
        • results and conclusions

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Results
  • Did the contents of the report meet the need?
    • 51% fully
    • 41% partially
  • Was the report useful?
    • 85% to current work
    • 7% to future work

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Results
  • How did the report help you?
    • 48% gave new knowledge
    • 15% helped solve problem
    • 12% refreshed memory
    • 7% saved time
    • 6% substantiated hypothesis

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Results
  • Ranking the importance of sources

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results top sources graphically
Results - top sources graphically

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Results

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conclusions
Conclusions
  • Reports are important to engineers’ work
  • Where reports are catalogued they will be found
  • The Internet is used and is popular
  • If only there were something combining all three...

MAGiC - use and value of technical reports

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