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Chapter 1: Investigating eResearch > DISCUSSION - Pg. 21

Investigating eResearch mining, modelling, visualisation, as well as other ICT-based analytical tools. About one third (31%) of participants listed various applications and op- portunities related to data, such as management, archiving, access and sharing. About one quarter (26%) of researchers indicated applications di- rectly related to research collaboration, such as opportunities to work on projects with overseas partners, jointly analyse data and write papers. In the answers about the most important chal- lenges for the application of ICT in their research field now and in the near future, participants fre- quently mentioned `support,' `access,' `storage,' `data,' and lack of resources, including time and funding (Figure 9). More than one quarter (29%) of researchers indicated the lack of specialised and general ICT expertise needed to harness eRe- search opportunities. Slightly fewer researchers (27%) indicated concerns related to data storage, management and sharing, and similar number of overall did not have significant concerns that would prevent them from engaging in collaborative eResearch practices. DISCUSSION This chapter has analysed some findings about research collaboration from a larger study on eRe- search practices and needs for support (Markaus- kaite, Aditomo & Hellmers, 2009, 2011), and specifically has focused on the analysis of ICT- enhanced collaboration practices and challenges reported by researchers from seven universities in the Australian state of New South Wales (NSW). The sample, as noted previously, was not repre- sentative of the university research population in Australia or in NSW, and the findings cannot be generalized to these populations. Nevertheless, the survey sample was large, and it well represented