Technology in Research
In the field of research (specially in scientific research), technology is wide used as advanced mathematical and statistical facility/tool to frame the predictive knowledge that can be applied to current practice to effect change; incorporates data mining, statistical analysis, descriptive and predictive analysis, charts and diagrams, etc. Traditional information research tools and sources found in library media centers have been recently supplemented by the information available on the Internet. In some cases, students at almost all instructional levels from elementary schools to universities are doing all of the information access portion of their research projects and papers on the Internet. This raises a number of questions that are clearly in need of attention from educational researchers. The Internet in general, and the World Wide Web in specific, offer easy access to almost unlimited information. A growing number of students have access to this incredible resource from their homes while others use it in school libraries and classrooms. While Internet access offers a number of advantages, it also offers a number of serious concerns to educators who wish to allow their students to explore its possibilities. So as a researcher by passion, technology helps me to collect and analyze data to conceptualize the required hypothesis for leading to a research success. At the same time being a teacher by passion, it has become my prime concern to prevent my beloved students from plagiarism in completing their project or research. But the blessing of technology in research has really made it more flexible and effective to conduct, work on and share the research works throughout the world. It has really made the whole world into a single library.
I personally get benefited by the use of technology in doing research as a textile engineer and in sharing them with others via some valuable professional sites like LinkedIn, ResearchGate, Academia, Goodreads, Scribd etc.