Community Research and Development Information Service - CORDIS

FP6

European e-Infrastructure success stories'

Funded under: FP6-IST

Abstract

The global world of research is undergoing a revolution underpinned by advanced communication infrastructures like the world-leading pan-European research network GÉANT, the advances in Grid infrastructures enabling new ways of scientific collaboration and resource sharing and the wider and open availability of repositories of scientific data. By providing increased productivity and the ability to collaborate on research independently of geographical location, these e-Infrastructures are the key drivers of emerging global virtual research communities, thus enabling scientific excellence and ultimately, economic and social well-being in Europe. e-Infrastructures are an important growth area not only for Europe but for the entire world, enabling research and scientific communities to work together supporting individual collaborative initiatives in ways that were unthinkable just a few years ago. e-Infrastructures thus help create 'virtuous circles' for innovative research and technological developments across diverse domains that are paramount for competitive edge and for bringing about sustainable social benefits. The benefits of uniting infrastructures are vital to working towards closing the digital divide that still exists within.
Research networks around the globe use a diverse range of technologies, operational approaches and procedures. Through European funded projects, increasing global interest in international research and education co-operation is already driving and supporting the development of research networking services on a truly global scale. Challenging tasks requiring great amount of resources and high degree of collaboration in various parts of the world have been accomplished by e-Infrastructure projects in such scientific areas as health, environment, astronomy or information and communication technologies. The achievements vary from discovery of new drugs to fighting cyber attacks on the internet.

Additional information

Authors: No author stated, European Commission, DG Information Society and Media, Brussels (BE)
Bibliographic Reference: Luxembourg, Office for Official Publications of the European Communities, 2008. 42 pp, free of charge
Availability: http://bookshop.europa.eu/is-bin/INTERSHOP.enfinity/WFS/EU-Bookshop-Site/en_GB/-/EUR/ViewPublication-Start?PublicationKey=KK3008621 (Catalogue Number: KK-30-08-621-EN-C)
ISBN: ISBN: 978-92-79-09667-9
Record Number: 200910079 / Last updated on: 2008-12-04
Category: PUBLICATION
Original language: en
Available languages: en