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Name: Identifying Generic Functionality
ID: m21218
Language: English (en)
Summary: Describes the problem of defining what functionality to include in e-Research software. How can software be generic enough to be re-used and specific enough to be useful in particular circumstances while as the same time avoiding scope creep?
Subject: Science and Technology
Keywords: e-Infrastructure, e-Research, Generic Functionality, Inhibitor
License: Creative Commons Attribution License CC-BY 3.0

Authors: Alex Voss (, Marzieh Asgari-Targhi (
Copyright Holders: Alex Voss (, Marzieh Asgari-Targhi (
Maintainers: Alex Voss (, Marzieh Asgari-Targhi (

Latest version: 1.2 (history)
First publication date: Apr 1, 2009 3:27 am -0500
Last revision to module: Jun 7, 2009 5:06 pm -0500


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Version: 1.2 Jun 7, 2009 5:06 pm -0500 by Alex Voss
added quote
added Marzieh as collaborator
added keywords and summary

Version: 1.1 Apr 1, 2009 3:29 am -0500 by Alex Voss
initial version

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