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Adoption of e-Research Technologies
Introduction: From prototype to commodity
The success of the UK e-Science Core programme has encouraged other disciplines -- notably within the social sciences and the arts and humanities -- to explore the benefits of e-Research approaches and technologies. The vision is that e-Infrastructure should be available to underpin all research activities, regardless of discipline, location, organisational context, etc. That is, e-Infrastructure should become the "seen but unnoticed" fabric that underpins research activities of any kind, be it high energy physics in big multinational organisations like CERN or the study of environmental changes conducted in schools and at home. However, before this vision of "democratic eResearch" can be realised, there are significant obstacles to be overcome. These relate to issues such as the commodification of Grid technologies, the shaping of national infrastructures and organisational context as well as developments within research traditions.
The aim of the theme is to study factors that may inhibit or enable the wider diffusion and adoption of e-Research technologies and tools. We are interested to devise strategies for furthering the use of e-Infrastructures based on this understanding.
News and Events
Call for Visitors
A central part of a theme at eSI is played by the people who visit eSI to contribute to the theme activities. If you are a researcher with an interest in the issues around the wider adoption of eResearch and would like to visit eSI sometime over the course of the next year (starting September 2006), please have a look at the eSI Visitors Programme and get in touch with Alex Voss to discuss a possible visit as part of this theme.
We are pleased to welcome the following people as visitors to the theme:
|29.01.-02.02.2007||Rob Procter (Research Director of the National Centre for e-Social Science)|
|22.-23.02.2007||Vasa Curcin (Imperial College London and InforSense Ltd.)|
|12.-16.03.2007||Gary Olson (Collaboratory for Research on Electronic Work, School of Information, University of Michigan)|
|20.-21.08.2007||Will Venters and Yingqin Zheng (Pegasus Project, London School of Economics)|
|Wolfgang Gentzsch (Coordinator of D-Grid) - this visit had to be postponed|
The following events might be of interest in the context of the theme:
|08.-11.09.2008 (tbc)||Profiling UK e-Research: Mapping Communities and Measuring Impacts. Workshop at the UK e-Science All Hands Meeting.|
|18.-20.07.2008||4th International Conference on e-Social Science, Manchester, UK.|
|08.-09.05.2008||Fostering e-Infrastructure: from user-designer relations to community engagement at the e-Science Institute. Fostering e-Infrastructure Workshop Wiki|
|23.-25.04.2008||Using OGSA-DAI to Grid enable data for the Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences - part 2, e-Science Institute, Edinburgh|
Presentations and Reports
This section contains links to the presentations given as part of the research theme, either by the theme leader or by visitors.
Adoption and Sustainability of e-Research Technologies: From prototype to commodity (Alex Voss, eSI Public Lecture Series, 25.10.2006)
Mid-Term Report for the theme, (Alex Voss, Rob Procter, Tom Rodden)
Theme final report (Alex Voss, Rob Procter and Tom Rodden)
About the Theme
This theme is run as a collaboration between the eScience Institute and the ESRC National Centre for e-Social Science. Have a look at the proposal for more background information. There is also a recording of a public lecture given by Alex at the e-Science Institute, the Slides for the lecture are also available. (MacOS users can play the video by downloading the Flip4Mac Plugin to play Windows Media files in Quicktime).
Mailing List and BSCW
NOTE: the mailing list and BSCW are now closed as the theme has ended.
The theme mailing list is used both for discussions and for announcements about the theme activities. It is open for anyone to subscribe to but only subscribed people can post (in order to keep spam at bay).
Alexander Voss (National Centre for e-Social Science, University of Manchester)
Rob Procter (National Centre for e-Social Science, University of Manchester)
Tom Rodden (School of Computer Science and IT, University of Nottingham)
Rob Allan (CCLRC and NCeSS)
Maia Dimitrova (Manager, JISC VRE Programme)
Julia Lane (NORC/University of Chicago)
Ian Miles (Policy Research in Engineering, Science and Technology, University of Manchester)
Jennifer Schopf (e-Infrastructure Policy Advisor, NeSC)
Robin Williams (Director, Institute for the Study of Science, Technology and Innovation, University of Edinburgh)
ESISummerSchool: some thoughts on an eSI Summer School aimed at widening the uptake of e-Research by engaging young (PhD) researchers from disciplines outside the circle of "early adopters".