Keynote 1: Tony Hey

Tony Hey (Microsoft Research)

11 November 2008, Industrie-Club, Germany

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The eResearch research agenda is to provide the researchers with the tools, technology and infrastructure to enable them to focus on research rather than the complications of collaboration and access to facilities. Powerful software services will be widely deployed on top of the academic research networks to form the necessary ‘cyberinfrastructure’ to provide a collaborative research environment for the global academic community.

The difficulties in combining data and information from distributed sources, the multi-disciplinary nature of research and collaboration, and the need to move to present researchers with tooling that enable them to express what they want to do rather than how to do it highlight the need for an ecosystem of ‘semantic computing’ technologies. Such technologies will further facilitate information sharing and discovery, will enable reasoning over information, and will allow us to start thinking about knowledge and how it can be handled by computers.

This talk will review the elements of this vision and describe how not only scientists and engineers but also social science and humanities researchers are collaborating with computer scientists and the IT industry to create a ‘smart cyberinfrastructure’. A key part of the global research cyberinfrastructure will be services for accessing digital research repositories containing text, data and software. Open access in some form or other to such repositories is likely to become widespread in the near future. In addition, the whole nature of a scholarly communication will change dramatically as Web 2.0 and other technologies allow the creation of live documents linked to RSS feeds and data, supplemented by blogs and wikis.