"The results are in: major study into the behavioural habits of the “Generation Y” PhD students released by JISC and the British Library.
Research students need more face-to-face and informal support tailored to their own subject area to help them embrace open web technologies and social media fully, according to the UK’s largest study of doctoral students commissioned by the technology consortium JISC and the British Library."
Read the press release (HTML): < http://pressandpolicy.bl.uk/Press-Releases/The-results-are-in-major-study-into-the-behavioural-habits-of-the-Generation-Y-PhD-students-released-by-JISC-and-the-British-Library-5ad.aspx >
To see the full Researchers of Tomorrow report, go to <http://www.jisc.ac.uk/publications/reports/2012/researchers-of-tomorrow>.
You can download the full report in PDF from <http://www.jisc.ac.uk/media/documents/publications/reports/2012/researchers-of-tomorrow.pdf>
For some of us at HASTAC this is a radical reality check. Some of the results literally made me feel like I am from an entirely different planet. Looking on the bright side of life, this report proves how badly-needed (but ignored) our skills are.
From a not-so-optimistic point of view, it provides quantitative and qualitative evidence of the challenges faced by those of us who have been insistently working with and on digital technologies and advocating for the adoption of new paradigms in academia.