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Theme 1: Infrastructures, Systems and Tools for e-Research

Chair: Neil Chue Hong (University of Edinburgh)
Co-Chair: Stephen McGough (University of Newcastle)

e-Research has been driven by the use of infrastructures, structures and tools to improve the speed, quality, quantity, efficiency or innovation of the research process. Developing such frameworks is not without its challenges and must address the requirements of individual researchers, the wider research community, infrastructure providers and developers. One of the main challenges is how to ensure that the requirements of e-Research are met while also allowing infrastructures, systems and tools to evolve.

The aim of this theme is to explore the range of e-Research software that has been successfully developed and applied. We are particularly concerned with e-Research software which has gained users in communities outside those originally envisaged when the software was first planned, or uptake within their own community greater than the partners in the original project, thus enabling the overall growth in the capacity to conduct research. The theme will highlight the potential of such approaches by showcasing their application as well as discussing the challenges around creating good quality infrastructures, systems and tools for e-Research.

This theme invites submissions on topics that include, but are not limited to:

  • Case studies of new research made possible by e-Research infrastructures, systems and tools
  • The application and use of e-Research tools and methodologies in research
  • User interface design supporting e-Research
  • Novel tools, techniques and infrastructure
  • Desktop access to distributed resources
  • Portals and portlets
  • Interoperability, interoperation and integration challenges between infrastructure and software
  • Collaborative technology and environments
  • Problem solving environments
  • Resource management and scheduling
  • Workflows
  • Sensor networks
  • Virtual instruments
  • Data access and management tools
  • Software and social engineering
  • Virtual organisations