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Designing Institutional Infrastructure for E-Science

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  • Paul David


    (Knowledge Networks and Institutions for Innovation Program, Stanford University)

  • Michael Spence

    (Graduate School of Business, Stanford University)

A new generation of information and communication infrastructures, including advanced Internet computing and Grid technologies, promises more direct and shared access to more widely distributed computing resources than was previously possible. Scientific and technological collaboration, consequently, is more and more dependent upon access to, and sharing of digital research data. Thus, the U.S. NSF Directorate committed in 2005 to a major research funding initiative, “Cyberinfrastructure Vision for 21st Century Discovery”. These investments are aimed at enhancement of computer and network technologies, and the training of researchers. Animated by much the same view, the UK e-Science Core Programme has preceded the NSF effort in funding development of an array of open standard middleware platforms, intended to support Grid enabled science and engineering research. This proceeds from the sceptical view that engineering breakthroughs alone will not be enough to achieve the outcomes envisaged. Success in realizing the potential of e-Science—through the collaborative activities supported by the "cyberinfrastructure," if it is to be achieved, will be the result of a nexus of interrelated social, legal, and technical transformations.

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Paper provided by Stanford Institute for Economic Policy Research in its series Discussion Papers with number 07-023.

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Date of creation: Dec 2007
Handle: RePEc:sip:dpaper:07-023
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