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Widening Uptake of e-Infrastructure Services

TitleWidening Uptake of e-Infrastructure Services
Publication TypeConference Paper
Year of Publication2008
AuthorsVoss, A, Asgari-Targhi, M, Procter, R, Halfpenny, P, Dunn, S, Fragkouli, E, Anderson, S, Hughes, L, Mineter, M, Fergusson, D, Atkinson, M
Conference Name4th International Conference on e-Social Science
Conference Start Date18-06-2008
Conference LocationManchester

This paper presents findings from the e-Uptake project which aims to widen the uptake of e-Infrastructure Services for research. We focus specifically on the identification of barriers and enablers of uptake and the taxonomy developed to structure our findings. Based on these findings, we describe the development of a number of interventions such as training and outreach events, workshops and the deployment of a UK 'one-stop-shop' for support and event information as well as training material. Finally, we will describe how the project relates to other ongoing community engagement efforts in the UK and worldwide. Introduction Existing investments in e-Science and Grid computing technologies have helped to develop the capacity to build e-Infrastructures for research: distributed, networked, interoperable computing and data resources that are available to underpin a wide range of research activities in all research disciplines. In the UK, the Research Councils and the JISC are funding programmes to support the development of essential components of such infrastructures such as National Grid Service ( or the UK Access Management Federation ( as well as discipline-specific efforts to build consistent and accessible instantiations of e-Infrastructures, for example the e- Infrastructure for the Social Sciences (Daw et al. 2007). These investments are complemented by an active programme of community engagement (Voss et al. 2007). As part of the community engagement strand of its e-Infrastructure programme, JISC has funded the e-Uptake project, a collaboration between the ESRC National Centre for e-Social Science at the University of Manchester, the Arts & Humanities e-Science Support Centre at King's College London and the National e-Science Centre at the University of Edinburgh. In this paper we present the project's activities to date to widen the uptake of e-Infrastructure services by eliciting information about the barriers to and enablers of uptake, developing adequate interventions such as training and outreach events, running workshops and the deploying a UK 'one-stop-shop' for support and event information as well as training material.

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