Zwei aktuelle Studien widmen sich den technischen und organisatorischen Dimensionen virtueller Forschungsumgebungen.
The VRE Landscape Study aimed to investigate international developments in Virtual Research Communities (VRCs) and to evaluate them in relation to the activities in the JISC’s VRE programme. The study examined programmes in a number of key countries along with significantprojects and communities as well as some countries where developments on this front are just beginning. There has been a great deal of activity over the past few years in terms of prototype and demonstration systems moving into the mainstream of research practice. Notable trends areemerging as researchers increasingly apply collaborative systems to everyday research tasks.
The report Collaboratories: Connecting Researchers compares eight software systems, evaluates the experience gained in twelve Dutch projects, and gives an overview of international trends. The report provides a more solid basis for providing facilities for the research community. It offers insights into the selection, construction, and use of online research collaboratories.
Die JISC-Studie betont die kulturelle Dimension virtueller Forschungsumgebungen und beschreibt das Potenzial kollaborativer Plattformen, die den gesamten Forschungsprozess begleiten.
Die SURF-Studie, welche acht Software-Lösungen und zwölf niederländische Projekte analysiert, kommt zum selben Schluss:
One thing that has become very clear in the course of this study is that ‘software’, though important, is not the crucial issue. It may ultimately be more about the question of ‘how to deal with differences’ – in applications, needs, tools, and software. And about the ambition and ability to tackle that question.
 Carusi, Annamaria; Reimer, Torsten: Virtual Research Environment Collaborative Landscape Study. JISC, 2010.
 Van der Vaart, Lilian: Collaboratories: Connecting Researchers. How to facilitate choice, design and uptake of online research collaboratories. SURFfoundation, 2010.