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e-infrastructure - Computer and network infrastructures for research and education in Europe



In the past, sea and land trade routes spearheaded the exploration of the world and led to the exchange and cross-fertilisation of knowledge. Today, e-infrastructures are the routes spanning the globe that enable new ways to share knowledge and resources.
The e-infrastructure concept was fi rst proposed in 2003 to embody a vision for the next generation of transnational ICT research and education infrastructures in Europe. This concept provides to researchers a controlled, secure, seamless, easy and economical access to shared science and engineering resources, through a fully integrated and advanced information and communication infrastructure.
e-infrastructure comprises a collection of all the tools, facilities and resources that are needed nowadays for advanced collaboration. This includes the integration of various technologies and components (e.g. communication channels, computing power, data storage, grid-based middleware and resource sharing) into an e-infrastructure that creates a new, more powerful and all-inclusive element for providing ‘one-stop-shop’ services. This essential infrastructure is already fundamental for scientists around the globe and has the potential for eventually changing the everyday life of all citizens.

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Authors: No author stated, European Commission, DG Information Society, Brussels (BE)
Bibliographic Reference: Luxembourg, Office for Official Publications of the European Communities, 2006. various paging, free of charge
Availability: (Catalogue Number: KK-63-04-020-EN-C)
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