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Agricultural Information Worldwide
In a study funded by the United States Geological Survey, a leading provider of biodiversity information, the University of Tennessee Center for Information and Communication Studies assessed the biodiversity information needs of south eastern US agriculture, natural resource management and other life scientists. Results reveal that 30% of agriculture and resource management scientists describe ﬁnding the biodiversity information they need as diﬃcult. In addition, while agriculture and resource management scientists are better than other life scientists at searching for, ﬁnding and knowing where to ﬁnd the biodiversity information they need to do their work, they experience signiﬁcantly greater diﬃculty accessing that information. They also value diﬀerent information source attributes and use information sources diﬀerently than do other life scientists. By understanding these and other aspects of agriculture and natural resource scientists’ work with biodiversity information, information specialists, librarians, and information and professional organizations can help them maximize their research and practice eﬀorts towards improved environmental outcomes.
Davis, M. L. S., Tenopir, C., & Allard, S. (2014). Agriculture and natural resource scientists' biodiversity information needs: Barriers and facilitators to use and access in the US Southeast. Agricultural Information Worldwide, 6, 66-76.