Information technology has great potential for supporting the activities of research networks. However, some fundamental problems must first be addressed to determine whether the technological support is necessary at all. Once that need has been determined, merely installing a set of isolated, generic information tools is not sufficient to address the full spectrum of network information needs. Therefore, a comprehensive and customized network information system is required. We argue that a specification method can help to structure the development of such an information system.
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de Moor, A. Toward a more structured use of information technology in the research community. Am Soc 27, 91–101 (1996). https://doi.org/10.1007/BF02692000
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