Impact of Demographic Variables on the Use Patterns of Electronic Information Resources Among Aerospace Scientists and Engineers of Bangalore

Dr Ramachandran, Guruprasad (2017) Impact of Demographic Variables on the Use Patterns of Electronic Information Resources Among Aerospace Scientists and Engineers of Bangalore. International Journal on Environmental Sciences , 8 (1). pp. 90-104. ISSN 0976-4534

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    Abstract

    Demographic factors play an important role while studying the 'Use Patterns of Electronic Information Resources' among the Aerospace Scientists and Engineers. Demography is the statistical study of populations, especially human beings. As a very general science, it can analyze any kind of dynamic living population, i.e., one that changes over time or space. Demography encompasses the study of the size, structure, and distribution of these populations, and spatial or temporal changes in them in response to birth, migration, ageing, and death. Demographics are quantifiable characteristics of a given population. Demographic analysis can cover whole societies or groups defined by criteria such as education, nationality, religion, and ethnicity. Educational institutions usually treat demography as a field of sociology, though there are a number of independent demography departments. In the Information and Communication Technology age, it is practically impossible for an aerospace scientist or engineer to carry out his research work without embracing the network and Internet technologies. They greatly depend upon these electronic innovation tools for accessing electronic information resources in the form of e-journals related to aerospace engineering right at the desktops. Now, it is absolutely clear that use of electronic media to support scientific communication has undoubtedly been one of the paradigm shifts in the practice of science in this era. With the coming of eresources, there has been a significant transformation by which scholarly information is disseminated throughout the world. In the present study, Demographic components like: (a) Category Wise Distribution of the Population [Aerospace Scientists and Engineers], (b) Gender, (c) Occupation, (d) Age, (e) Educational Qualification, and, (e) Area of Specialization have all played an important role in studying the 'Use Patterns of Electronic Information Resources' amongst this niche engineering community. The major findings are: (1) The Chi-Square test indicates that the category wise distribution of the 583 respondents and different types of aerospace scientists and engineers have significant association (Chi-Square=278.811, P = 0.000, (2) The Chi- Square test indicates that the gender-wise distribution of the respondents and the different types of aerospace organizations have significant association (Chi-Square=36.180, P = 0.002), (3) The Chi-Square test indicates that the occupation of the respondents and the different types of aerospace organizations have significant association (Chi-Square=1614.733, P=0.000), (4) The Chi-Square indicates that the age-wise distribution of the respondents and the different types of aerospace organizations have significant association (Chi-Square=140.829, P=0.000), (5) The Chi-Square test indicates that the qualification-wise distribution of the respondents and the different types of aerospace organizations have significant association (Chi- Square=217.834, P=0.000), and, finally, (6) The Chi-Square test indicates that the area of specialization of the respondents and the different types of aerospace organizations have significant association, (Chi-Square=528.767, P=0.000).

    Item Type: Journal Article
    Additional Information: The First Indian Research Work leading to a Ph.D. in Studying the 'Use Patterns of Electronic Information Resources amongst the Aerospace Scientists, Engineers of Bangalore, INDIA'
    Uncontrolled Keywords: Electronic Information Resources, Use Patterns, Aerospace Scientists and Engineers, Internet technologies, Information Explosion, Scholarly Information, Scientific Communication.
    Subjects: AERONAUTICS > Aeronautics (General)
    SOCIAL AND INFORMATION SCIENCES > Documentation and Information Science
    Division/Department: C-CADD
    Depositing User: Dr Ramachandran Guruprasad
    Date Deposited: 14 Jun 2017 13:25
    Last Modified: 14 Jun 2017 13:25
    URI: http://nal-ir.nal.res.in/id/eprint/12550

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