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Community engagement: the ‘last mile’ challenge for European research e-infrastructures

Koureas, Dimitrios, Arvanitidis, Christos, Belbin, Lee, Berendsohn, Walter G., Damgaard, Christian, Groom, Quentin J., Güntsch, Anton, Hagedorn, Gregor, Hardisty, Alex, Hobern, Donald, Marcer, Arnald, Mietchen, Daniel, Morse, David R., Obst, Matthias, Penev, Lyubo, Pettersson, Lars B., Sierra, Soraya, Smith, Vincent S. and Vos, Rutger A. 2016. Community engagement: the ‘last mile’ challenge for European research e-infrastructures. Research Ideas and Outcomes 2 , e9933. 10.3897/rio.2.e9933

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Europe is building its Open Science Cloud; a set of robust and interoperable einfrastructures with the capacity to provide data and computational solutions through cloudbased services. The development and sustainable operation of such e-infrastructures are at the forefront of European funding priorities. The research community, however, is still reluctant to engage at the scale required to signal a Europe-wide change in the mode of operation of scientific practices. The striking differences in uptake rates between researchers from different scientific domains indicate that communities do not equally share the benefits of the above European investments. We highlight the need to support research communities in organically engaging with the European Open Science Cloud through the development of trustworthy and interoperable Virtual Research Environments. These domain-specific solutions can support communities in gradually bridging technical and socio-cultural gaps between traditional and open digital science practice, better diffusing the benefits of European e-infrastructures.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Computer Science & Informatics
Subjects: Q Science > QA Mathematics > QA75 Electronic computers. Computer science
Q Science > QH Natural history
Uncontrolled Keywords: e-infrastructure, Virtual Research Environment, Open Science Cloud, Europe, user engagement, research infrastructure
Publisher: Pensoft Publishers
ISSN: 2367-7163
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Date of First Compliant Deposit: 4 August 2016
Date of Acceptance: 20 July 2016
Last Modified: 04 Jun 2017 09:18

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