E-Science and cyberinfrastructure are at the heart of the great ambitions and promise of science in the new century. The last several decades of network- and computer-enabled work in science have produced untold amounts of data, leading to the challenge of developing adequate computing facilities and practices to manage and provide access to these data. The benefits of openness, the need for interoperability and sustainability, and, consequently, the importance of standards and metadata, are recognized when defining access policies.
Scholarly communication is undergoing change in the e-science context : data are increasingly linked to publications and related resources, multimedia platforms are created, new web 2.0-type tools are available for collaborative networked science. Publishers are experimenting, in search of their future role in the data and information value chain.
Data-intensive and technology-driven research is a key element in fields like astronomy, particle physics, chemistry, earth sciences, bio-informatics, but is not limited to the hard sciences, new scholarly information infrastructures are also being developed in the social sciences & humanities.
Herbert Gruttemeier, Responsable relations internationales , INIST-CNRS.