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World Wide ResearchReshaping the Sciences and Humanities$
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William H. Dutton and Paul W. Jeffreys

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780262014397

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: August 2013

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262014397.001.0001

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2.1 Research Platforms in the Cloud

2.1 Research Platforms in the Cloud

(p.67) 2.1 Research Platforms in the Cloud
World Wide Research

Tony Hey

Roger Barga

Savas Parastatidis

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“Cloud” refers to the ecosystem of technologies used to host an information and communication technology (ICT)infrastructure (hardware and software) in large data centers managed by service providers. It is similar to “outsourcing,” but it is technology, rather than people, that is hosted elsewhere. This chapter examines the emergence of “Cloud computing” and discusses three challenges facing researchers today: the increasingly data-intensive computing nature of research, the emergence of distributed collaboration, and researchers as “extreme information workers.” It also looks at available software and services that can be used as the basis for building an e-Research platform.

Keywords:   e-Research, Cloud computing, information and communication technology, distributed collaboration, researchers, extreme information workers, software, services

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