The University of Southampton
University of Southampton Institutional Repository

Report of the Working Group on Virtual Research Communities for the OST e-Infrastructure Steering Group

Borda, Ann, Careless, Jason, Dimitrova, Maia, Fraser, Michael, Frey, Jeremy, Hubbard, Paul, Goldstein, Stéphane, Pung, Caroline, Shoebridge, Michele and Wiseman, Norman Office of Science and Technology, e-Infrastructure Steering Group (2006) Report of the Working Group on Virtual Research Communities for the OST e-Infrastructure Steering Group , London, UK Office of Science and Technology 46pp.

Record type: Monograph (Project Report)

Abstract

Virtual Research Communities (VRC) are a new concept but early research suggests that they have the potential to open exciting new opportunities to collaborate in research and thus realise significant gains at institutional, national and international levels. International comparisons have revealed that the UK is well advanced in its understanding of the area and has the world’s best structured programme of developments under way. Further programmes to develop their full potential need to examine issues of human behaviour, the role of government and other policy makers and closer links with commercial organisations, as well as continuing to pursue development of technology and standards. Five inter-related programmes of work are recommended to maintain the UK’s leading position in this area, and retain our ability to carry out world-class research:
1.Establish a major programme of activities to understand the behavioural and social issues associated with greater take-up and transferability of developments in VRCs. The importance of reflecting the real needs, habits, preferences and aspirations of researchers themselves cannot be underestimated (see 6.1). 2.Continue and enhance current VRE development programmes to explore and understand concepts, techniques and their applications to e-Science and research, using opportunities for joint international programmes where possible (see 6.2). 3.Extend the e-framework activities of the JISC to encompass the full range of requirements of a VRC and establish whether a single, generic framework is possible or whether several, discipline-based frameworks are necessary (see 6.3) 4.Encourage greater cooperation between research and the commercial sector to ensure good practice in computer-based collaboration in business enterprises can be transferred into e-Science, to provide a vehicle for developing user-friendly commercial VRE applications and to enhance knowledge transfer activities (see 6.4). 5.Establish a task force to monitor developments in VRCs and similar activities in e-Science to recommend to government and funding organisations how policies and reward mechanisms can be shaped to promote take-up of opportunities, and to encourage the development of young researchers able to use the full capabilities of e-Science when they enter their field (see 6.5).

Microsoft Word VRC_final_report.doc - Other
Download (420kB)

More information

Published date: 2006
Additional Information: VRC final report

Identifiers

Local EPrints ID: 42074
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/42074
PURE UUID: e6f2a98c-10d2-4b47-95fa-4d490027ef5c
ORCID for Jeremy Frey: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0003-0842-4302

Catalogue record

Date deposited: 15 Nov 2006
Last modified: 17 Jul 2017 15:24

Export record

Contributors

Author: Ann Borda
Author: Jason Careless
Author: Maia Dimitrova
Author: Michael Fraser
Author: Jeremy Frey ORCID iD
Author: Paul Hubbard
Author: Stéphane Goldstein
Author: Caroline Pung
Author: Michele Shoebridge
Author: Norman Wiseman

University divisions

Download statistics

Downloads from ePrints over the past year. Other digital versions may also be available to download e.g. from the publisher's website.

View more statistics

Atom RSS 1.0 RSS 2.0

Contact ePrints Soton: eprints@soton.ac.uk

ePrints Soton supports OAI 2.0 with a base URL of http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/cgi/oai2

This repository has been built using EPrints software, developed at the University of Southampton, but available to everyone to use.

We use cookies to ensure that we give you the best experience on our website. If you continue without changing your settings, we will assume that you are happy to receive cookies on the University of Southampton website.

×