This Oxford Internet Surveys (OxIS) Workshop is the third in a series of events looking at trends and insights emerging from the OII's OxIS surveys. It will explore how the Internet facilitates research, comparing and contrasting its implications for research both within the sphere of academic life and the everyday world. It will also describe recent trends in the scope and use of the Internet using data collected from 2003 to the present by the Oxford Internet Surveys (OxIS). Among these findings is the growing trust in, and centrality of, the Internet in information seeking for everyday purposes (such as travel, news, government and commercial services and entertainment). This will be complemented by discussion of developments in areas that are potentially changing the nature of information provision, such as the role of social networking, the opening of data for deep linking, and the closing of search through information appliances such as the iPad. What will these developments mean for the providers and users of information? How can these shifts be tracked by the 2011 survey?
The workshop is organized in collaboration with the British Library, a sponsor of the 2009 OxIS Survey, and complements their forthcoming exhibition Growing Knowledge: The Evolution of Research.