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Friday, March 27, 2009

EU report on cyberinfrastructure

European Commission, ICT Infrastructures for e-Science, report, March 5, 2009. (Thanks to Open Access.)

This Communication highlights the strategic role of ICT infrastructures as a crucial asset underpinning European research and innovation policies, and calls on Member States and the scientific communities, in cooperation with the European Commission, for a reinforced and coordinated effort to foster world-class ICT infrastructures, also known as e-Infrastructures, to pave the way for the scientific discoveries of the 21st century. ...

European and National e-Infrastructures need to address the emerging challenge of data centric science. To achieve this, Europe needs to deploy a coherent and managed eco-system of repositories of scientific information. Europe needs to define consistent policies to enhance access to scientific information (e.g. in line with the indications of ESFRI position paper on scientific data, the Communication on scientific information in the digital age: access, dissemination and preservation and the Open Access pilot in FP7 launched in 2008).

Member States and scientific communities are invited to step up investment in scientific data infrastructures and promote the sharing of best practices.

The Commission will reinforce the catalytic investment under FP7 in scientific data infrastructure, to support accessibility and preservation policies. ...

See also Peter's comments on the Communication on scientific information in the digital age or past posts on FP7.