As mentioned in § 2, the potentials of the target community summarized in tables 1 and 2 (compiled from a non exhaustive SoII’s survey on relevant Communities of information studies, classified according to their field of research, 2007) concerning over 300 organizations in more than 40 countries, is a major pillar to achieve the impacts pursued in EU support programmes and therefore a guarantee to be supported.
The geographical and academic divide of the target community is a hinder to tackle important scientific and societal problems of our time (as for example in the frontiers between physical and biological sciences, between biological and cognitive sciences, between cognitive and social sciences, and between all of them and Technology). Thus the proposed Domus BITae e-Infrastructure, bringing together the target community, could contribute to increase the effectiveness of European Research.
Table 1: Number of communities of Information Studies classified in types (accounted by SoII)
As shown in table 2, while in a global dimension the amount of communities is significant for erecting an appropriate stance to tackle the problems posed by the emerging Science of Information, in national levels (with the exception of the USA) the amount of initiatives are not enough to bring about the critical mass for confronting the regarding problems. Therefore the proposed infrastructures empowers the European communities (about the half) to drive the emergence of a global virtual community in information studies.
Much of the work wasted in the scientific research regarding information science concerns the redundancy of discussions, the dispersion of background, thought and proposals, the misunderstanding about used terms or scientific models, the relevancy of problems or phenomena, etc. Thus we believe the proposed common tools within Domus BITae infrastructure –by means of giving the possibility to share results, foundations, approaches, terminology disambiguation, etc.– might be a key factor to achieve the pursued effectiveness in information research as well as to foster effective synergies with education and industry. Concerning the appropriateness of procedures & best practices, the expertise of the proposed Scientific Committee will steer as well the architecture of the system as the conditions to participate in the different Domus BITae areas (Working Groups, Repository, Meta-Glossary).
By bringing in the managing structure the design councils concerning the issues of knowledge oriented design (UB), security, accessibility and software quality (Inteco) the consortium pursues to achieve the increase of quality and attractiveness of the proposed e-infrastructure.
A roadmap to reach expected impacts is planned within DomusBITae strategy. The present proposal for first stages support aims at achieving the first steps in such road. As mentioned in § 2, the opportunity of bringing FIS and SoII into DomusBITae system is a key measure to achieve the necessary impact for the effectiveness of the proposed system and to succeed in European support competition. Also the opportunities of the mentioned meetings for dissemination of the initiative and community gathering –considered within this proposal– are relevant in this sense.
Table 2: Number of communities of Information Studies per countries (accounted by SoII)
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