Infrastructure & Research Support Issues
"The comprehensive infrastructure needed to capitalize on dramatic advances in information technology has been termed cyberinfrastructure." (From "NSF's Cyberinfrastructure Vision for 21st Century Discovery," NSF Cyberinfrastructure Council, September 26th, 2005, Ver. 4.0, page 4)
Cyberinfrastructure content addresses development of new research environments that support advanced data acquisition, data management, data storage, data integration, data mining, and data visualization.
- Initial Findings from a Study of Best Practices and Models for Cyberinfrastructure Software Sustainability (2013) - This white paper presents the common themes, ideas, and recommendations that emerged from in-depth interviews with the leaders of 12 distinct cyberinfrastructure software projects.
- National Science Foundation Advisory Committee for Cyberinfrastructure Task Force on Data and Visualization Final Report (2011) – NSF’s ACCI Task Force’s identification of challenges and opportunities for developing a data infrastructure to support scientific research innovation. Addresses six main areas: Infrastructure Delivery, Culture and Sociological Change, Roles and Responsibilities, Economic Value and Sustainability, Data Management Guidelines, and Ethics, Privacy and Intellectual Property.
- The Institutional Challenges of Cyberinfrastructure and E-Research (2009) – Explores the challenges, both nationally and at the campus level, in cyberstructure deployment.
- The Shape of the Scientific Article in the Developing Cyberinfrastructure (2007) – Clifford Lynch explores how scientific articles and scholarly communication might evolve with e-Science.
- Revolutionizing Science and Engineering through Cyberinfrastructure (2003) – Groundbreaking report by the NSF Blue Ribbon Advisory Panel on trends in networked science and a vision for advancing cyberinfrastructure.
- Who’s Paying the Data Bill? (2012) – Article exploring options for funding institutional data management and preservation costs.
- Cyberinfrastructure, Institutions, and Sustainability (2007) - "suggests four general strategies for overcoming those challenges, and poses a range of questions that CI proponents should consider, in the interests of generating CI that can support global academic leadership while remaining sustainable even after NSF funding completes."
- Development of a Pilot Data Management Infrastructure for Biomedical Researchers at University of Manchester (2012) – Discusses the pilot implementation of MaDAM, a data management infrastructure at the University of Manchester, UK. MaDAM’s technical and governance components are integrated with built-in flexibility to meet the needs of cross-disciplinary research groups.
- Information Management Challenges to Integrated Inventory and Monitoring of Forest Ecosystem Resources (2012) – Explores the need for development of a federated information infrastructure that provides seamless access to shared interdisciplinary data and information resources that address ecosystem issues. (e.g. global climate change) Despite technical, semantic and social impediments to the development of this infrastructure, author recommends proactive steps that can be taken now to facilitate integrated research.
- Yes We have some Data: The Challenges of Managing Research Data at a University (2010) – Elliot Wilczek, CIO at Tufts University, gives an overview of issues such as data volume, preservation, and access requirements that Tufts faces in managing data produced by faculty.
- DataSpace: A Funding and Operational Model for Long-Term Preservation and Sharing of Research Data – Serge Goldstein and Mark Ratliffe of the Office for Information Technology at Princeton University discuss Princeton’s business model for meeting funding agencies’ required data management plans in a cost sustainable way.
- Webinar (2010)
- Building Cyberinfrastructure into a University Culture (March 30, 2010) – Curtis Hellegas, Director of Research Computing at Princeton University, discusses strategies for developing Princeton’s centralized research computing program.
- Business Models and Cost Estimation: Dryad Repository Case Study (2010) – Report on Dryad’s cost model and sustainability. Dryad is a consortium of biological journals that aim to establish a data repository to which authors can submit upon publication.