In the recent years the the shift towards
e-Sciences gained dramtically of importance. Like in economic areas, where the diffusion of ICT changes the way
of value creation, it also changes the way of knowledge creation within
knowledge intensive services, which includes research and development. This trend
is essential because advanced ICT systems are implemented and used in all
phases of the research process.
The new ways of working within scientific research lead to new forms of collaboration across disciplines and national borders in form of virtual research communities, gathering different actors like researchers, scholars, educators, students from academia as well as public and private research organisations and innovating firms.
A groundlying foundation for this shift towards e-Sciences are e-Infrastructures. Within the EU FP Capacities program for Research Infrastructures this area gained of importance in the last years. In order to develop this area further it is important to understand the effects of e-Infrastructures.
The aim of this study is to develop a framework for evaluating and assessing the impact of e-Infrastructures. This leads to the following project goals::
Based on the results, the project will: