The European Commission is holding a Horizon 2020 workshop to consult with stakeholders to define a strategic roadmap for e-Infrastructures and provide an opportunity for representatives of Member States to coordinate strategies.
Both LIBER President, Paul Ayris, and LIBER Project Officer, Susan Reilly, will be in attendance at this event.
The focus of the workshop is relevant not only to LIBER's current project activities but to ensuring the role of research libraries in the development of open infrastructures.
Information and communication technologies play a key role in promoting data-intensive science, supporting extended collaborations and in sharing of resources.
Science is already experiencing major changes in the way it is performed. Researchers are facing unprecedented levels of complexity to tackle scientific challenges with global societal impact. Bringing or combining knowledge of different fields of science will be essential.
The engagement of all relevant stakeholders is essential and research communities from different disciplines have an active role to play setting the requirements for data infrastructures and services. Global infrastructure providers have to respond increasing the capacity and functionality so that researchers enjoy leading-edge capabilities and services for networking and computing, and seamless and wide access to data intensive science environments and global data resources.
The purpose of the Open Infrastructures for Open Science workshop is to feed ideas into the preparation of the EU’s new framework programme for research and innovation, Horizon 2020, (http://ec.europa.eu/research/horizon2020/index_en.cfm?pg=home#), to run from 2014 to 2020 and more specifically in the part on "Excellent Science" that concerns the development of e-Infrastructure. The workshop agenda is available here.
Preceding the workshop is an ALLEA "Open Infrastructures for Open Science" event, which will be opened by Commissioner Neelie Kroes.