semi-formal communications : presenting research-in-progress
working and occasional papers | conference papers | association newsletters
Description: Research data and communication that has not (and may never) make it to formal publication and appears as conference papers, reports for various audiences (including funding sources), working papers, Web pages, etc.
Working and occasional papers
Documents such as briefs, essays, white papers, rough notes, calculations, or drafts, assembled or created and used in the preparation or analysis of other documents. Many of these kinds of papers are prepared by think tanks -- groups that perform research and develop reports and recommendations on topics relating to strategic planning or public policy, and which are usually funded by corporations, interest groups, or governments.
Papers prepared for and presented at professional conferences, conventions, or symposia. These may vary from descriptions of research-in-progress to fully articulated essays or presentations on topics related to the central focus of a research project.
Communications targeting the members of an organization or professional association, apprising them of the latest events, trends, issues, etc. affecting them. These are sometimes print version of intranets, blogs, and discussion lists.