Paving the way to eScience
Interview of Laurent Romary, Chairman of the session "e-Infrastructures supporting Open Access to e-Science data"
By what means does Open Access to scientific results also deals with such specialized infrastuctures?
The challenge for research infrastructures (RIs) is to provide the widest possible dissemination of scientific findings, whether they result from the use of big equipments or correspond to primary sources as in the humanities. A global access policy concerning scientific data is still to be designed, but at least open access to publications should be a baseline for RIs.
What kind of value added services do you foresee for scientists through such dedicated infrastructures?
From a scientific information point of view, such infrastructures are paving the way to eScience, where researchers are able to produce, manage, disseminate and finally compare large assets of data, thus magnifying the potentiality for new discoveries. Wide access to such data, through the use of appropriate standards and licences is central to such a prospect.