E-Collaboration for Research and Development- An Observation from Nigeria University

Olabamiji J. Onifade, Jacob K. Opele, Caleb M. Adelowo


This study assessed e-collaboration networks for research and development in two universities and a Science and Technology research institute in South western Nigeria. It investigated the sources of information available for S&T research activities, determined the extent of academia utilizing e-collaboration networks and examined the advantages of e-collaboration networks. As showed in this study, e-collaboration network strengthens research and support scientific and technological excellence through the integration of existing and emerging research activities and the exchange of knowledge. In today’sknowledge economy, the World Wide Web remains the nucleus of information, knowledge and research for scholars across the globe. A total of 150 researchers were sampled across the three educational and research institutions by means of questionnaire administration. The analysis of data was done using descriptive statistics such as percentage distribution. Findings from the study revealed that:

About 77% of the researchers collaborate with research groups on the internet and this is done at least occasionally and in some situations very often. The major sources of information are the internet and other popular sources such as print and non-print media. The characteristics and advantages of S&T e-collaboration networks as shown in this study include reliability, timeliness, effectiveness, relevance and accessibility by a large audience. This study concluded that electronic collaboration networks in S&T research may be influenced by the purpose of the network, quality and alternative information sources and technology factor.

Keywords: e-Collaborations, Information, Science &Technology, Research & Development

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