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Catching Up or Latecomer Advantage? Lessons from e-Research Strategies in Germany, in the UK and Beyond

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Schroeder, R., den Besten, M., & Fry, J. (2007). Catching Up or Latecomer Advantage? Lessons from e-Research Strategies in Germany, in the UK and Beyond.


Cite as: http://hdl.handle.net/11858/00-001M-0000-0013-B0B4-0
Abstract
This paper will discuss the e-Research strategies in Germany, the UK and elsewhere with a view to identifying potential lessons that can be learned. The UK e-Science initiative has been ongoing for more than five years, as has the cyberinfrastructure initiative in the US. The German D-Grid and other e-Research initiatives are much more recent. Generic lessons identified from our cross-national observations include the need to take usability into consideration at the outset of programmes; ‘soft infrastructure’ issues, such as legal and ethical considerations, can delay technological developments; ‘Grid-based infrastructure’ can seem irrelevant to domains outside of large-scale research, complex security systems often lead to ‘work-arounds’ that undermine the integrity of the system; and uptake beyond the initial development group is highly uncertain.