Towards Institutional Infrastructures for e-Science: The Scope of the Challenge
98 Pages Posted: 10 Jan 2009 Last revised: 15 Apr 2009
Date Written: September 1, 2003
This Report has a three-fold purpose: (1) to articulate the nature and significance of the non-technological issues that will bear on the practical effectiveness of the hardware and software infrastructures that are being created to enable collaborations in e-Science; (2) to succinctly characterize the fundamental sources of the organizational and institutional challenges that need to be addressed in regard to defining terms, rights and responsibilities of the collaborating parties, and to illustrate these by reference to the limited experience gained to date in regard to intellectual property, liability, privacy, and security and competition policy issues affecting scientific research organizations; and (3) to propose approaches for arriving at institutional mechanisms whose establishment would generate workable, specific arrangements facilitating collaboration in e-Science, and that might also serve to meet similar needs in other spheres such as e-Learning, e-Government, e-Commerce, e-Healthcare.
Keywords: internet, hardware, software, infrastructure, collaboration, e-science, e-research, scientific research organisations
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