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Models of sophistication or instruments of decline? Quantifying the state of academic research equipment
Author(s): Luke Georghiou
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Paper Abstract

Increased demand and constrained funding for research equipment have led to a requirement for quantitative data. This paper examines two aspects of the state of equipment: the sophistication factor, that is whether the real cost of equipment is rising because of demands of scientific progress; and the state of scientific equipment in British academic institutions. Findings are based on a census of academic research equipment performed in 1987 and a sample study performed in 1990. A positive but declining sophistication factor is noted. The period of study was characterised by significant acquisitions of equipment but scientists continue to perceive deficiencies. Recommendations are made on policies to improve the situation within the constraint of existing resources.

Paper Details

Date Published: 1 June 1992
PDF: 10 pages
Proc. SPIE 10309, Invisible Connections: Instruments, Institutions, and Science, 103090J (1 June 1992); doi: 10.1117/12.2283724
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Luke Georghiou, The Univ. of Manchester (United Kingdom)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 10309:
Invisible Connections: Instruments, Institutions, and Science
Robert Bud; Susan E. Cozzens, Editor(s)

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