Evolution of e-Science

Evolution of e-Science

Advances in digital technologies and communication have converged to form the new methodology of scientific research known as e-Science. e-Science dates back to the 1950's when scientists and engineers first employed computers as part of their research processes. Since then the nature of scientific research has evolved from one of traditional lab-focused bench work to the application of digital technologies such as computer modeling, simulation programs, and sensors to explore theories and navigate experimental approaches. A prominent feature of e-Science is the generation of immense data sets that can be rapidly disseminated to other researchers via the internet. The global sharing of data has fostered an unprecedented level of open access among scientists, promoted interdisciplinary teamwork on complex problems, and has enabled other researchers to use data for different purposes than what the originators of the data had envisioned.