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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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2.3 The Promises and Threats of e-Research in the Strategies of Firms and Nations

2.3 The Promises and Threats of e-Research in the Strategies of Firms and Nations

(p.75) 2.3 The Promises and Threats of e-Research in the Strategies of Firms and Nations
World Wide Research

John Taylor

The MIT Press

The exponential growth of the global information and communication technology (ICT) infrastructure—based on Grids, the Internet, the World Wide Web, and broadband wireless—has dramatically improved access to enormous amounts of information, expertise, and tools and presents new opportunities for communities of interest to form and cooperate. The rapid evolution of the underlying technology infrastructure is expected to continue for the foreseeable future. This chapter examines the implications envisioned for research-centered computational networks for nations in general and for business and industry in particular. More specifically, it discusses the promises and threats of e-Research and the importance of a first-class e-Research infrastructure for the economic competitiveness of countries.

Keywords:   e-Research, research-centered computational networks, information and communication technology, business, nations, industry, infrastructure

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