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Supporting collaboration within the eScience community

By Cornelia Boldyreff, David Nutter and Stephen Rank

Abstract

Collaboration is a core activity at the heart of large-scale co-\ud operative scientific experimentation. In order to support the\ud emergence of Grid-based scientific collaboration, new models of\ud e-Science working methods are needed.\ud Scientific collaboration involves production and manipulation of\ud various artefacts. Based on work done in the software\ud engineering field, this paper proposes models and tools which\ud will support the representation and production of such artefacts.\ud It is necessary to provide facilities to classify, organise, acquire,\ud process, share, and reuse artefacts generated during collaborative\ud working. The concept of a "design space" will be used to\ud organise scientific design and the composition of experiments,\ud and methods such as self-organising maps will be used to support\ud the reuse of existing artefacts.\ud It is proposed that this work can be carried out and evaluated in\ud the UK e-Science community, using an "industry as laboratory"\ud approach to the research, building on the knowledge, expertise,\ud and experience of those directly involved in e-Science

Topics: G400 Computer Science
Year: 2004
OAI identifier: oai:eprints.lincoln.ac.uk:7

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