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Exploring Possible Uses of Technologies

Module by: Alex Voss. E-mail the author

Summary: Discusses issues with the exploration of e-Research tools and techniques.

Potential users of e-Infrastructures often lack the time and resources to explore their possible uses. One respondent commented:

"I can see that there are things there which we probably could be able to use in the future but first we’d have to work out how [...] if we had the time to actually be able to get far enough into the technology to be able to actually utilise it properly." (researcher)

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  • Exemplars and use cases, developed not as demonstrations of technical feasibility but as ways to explore possible uses and socio-technical configurations can help to further uptake by communicating a vision or triggering competitiveness:
    having stuff where you can show that people have done really new science using those tools [...] it seems to be working quite well in terms of getting engagement and we're seeing that other communities just like these things - like the systems biology communities are beginning to be very keen to play and join in." (researcher)
  • Clearly, it is important for the community to formulate clearly where e-Infrastructure usage has made a significant difference to researchers and to disseminate these success stories widely to inspire more researchers to start engaging
  • It is important that the early exploration of technological options is supported and conducted as a conversation between researchers, service providers and intermediaries

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