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Chapter 1 makes the case for the transformative potential of an improved cyberinfrastructure withrespect to the preservation and availability of our cultural heritage. A coordinated effort to build cyberinfrastructure for thehumanities and social sciences, the Commission argues, will benefit the public and the specialist alike by providing access to thebreadth and depth of the cultural record.

Chapter 2 explores the constraints that must be overcome in creating such a cyberinfrastructure—insufficienttraining, outdated policies, unsatisfactory tools, incomplete resources, and inadequate access. These constraints are notprimarily technological but, instead, cultural, economic, legal, and institutional. They include:

●the loss, fragility, and inaccessibility of the cultural record;

●the complexity of the cultural record;

●intellectual property restrictions on the use of the cultural record;

●lack of incentives to experiment with cyberinfrastructure in the humanities and social sciences;

●uncertainty about the future mechanisms, forms, and economics of scholarly publishing and scholarlycommunication more generally;

●insufficient resources, will, and leadership to build

cyberinfrastructure for the humanities and social sciences.

Chapter 3 provides a framework for action. It first articulates five goals for an effective cyberinfrastructure,namely, that it should

  • be accessible as a public good;
  • be sustainable;
  • provide interoperability;
  • facilitate collaboration;
  • support experimentation.

In chapter 3, the Commission also recommends the following measures necessary to achieve these goals (and tomeet the challenges described in chapter 2):

1. invest in cyberinfrastructure for the humanities and social sciences, as a matter of strategic priority.

Addressed to: Universities; federal and private funding agencies

Implementation: Determine the amount and efficacy of funding that now goes to support developingcyberinfrastructure for humanities and social sciences from all sources; through annual meetings and ongoing consultation,coordinate the goals this funding aims to achieve; and aim to increase both funding and coordination over the next five years,including commercial investments that are articulated with the educational community’s agenda.

2. develop public and institutional policies that foster openness and access.

Addressed to: University presidents, boards of trustees, provosts, and counsels; university presses; fundingagencies; libraries; scholarly societies; Congress

Implementation: The Association of American Universities, in collaboration with other organizations such as theNational Humanities Alliance, the Scholarly Publishing and Research Coalition, and the National Academy of Arts and Sciences, shouldtake a leadership role in coordinating the engagement of the humanities and social sciences with issues of informationpolicy.

3. promote cooperation between the public and private sectors.

Addressed to: Universities; federal and private funding agencies; Internet-oriented companies

Questions & Answers

what is the stm
Brian Reply
is there industrial application of fullrenes. What is the method to prepare fullrene on large scale.?
industrial application...? mmm I think on the medical side as drug carrier, but you should go deeper on your research, I may be wrong
How we are making nano material?
what is a peer
What is meant by 'nano scale'?
What is STMs full form?
scanning tunneling microscope
how nano science is used for hydrophobicity
Do u think that Graphene and Fullrene fiber can be used to make Air Plane body structure the lightest and strongest. Rafiq
what is differents between GO and RGO?
what is simplest way to understand the applications of nano robots used to detect the cancer affected cell of human body.? How this robot is carried to required site of body cell.? what will be the carrier material and how can be detected that correct delivery of drug is done Rafiq
what is Nano technology ?
Bob Reply
write examples of Nano molecule?
The nanotechnology is as new science, to scale nanometric
nanotechnology is the study, desing, synthesis, manipulation and application of materials and functional systems through control of matter at nanoscale
Is there any normative that regulates the use of silver nanoparticles?
Damian Reply
what king of growth are you checking .?
What fields keep nano created devices from performing or assimulating ? Magnetic fields ? Are do they assimilate ?
Stoney Reply
why we need to study biomolecules, molecular biology in nanotechnology?
Adin Reply
yes I'm doing my masters in nanotechnology, we are being studying all these domains as well..
what school?
biomolecules are e building blocks of every organics and inorganic materials.
anyone know any internet site where one can find nanotechnology papers?
Damian Reply
sciencedirect big data base
Introduction about quantum dots in nanotechnology
Praveena Reply
what does nano mean?
Anassong Reply
nano basically means 10^(-9). nanometer is a unit to measure length.
do you think it's worthwhile in the long term to study the effects and possibilities of nanotechnology on viral treatment?
Damian Reply
absolutely yes
how to know photocatalytic properties of tio2 nanoparticles...what to do now
Akash Reply
it is a goid question and i want to know the answer as well
characteristics of micro business
for teaching engĺish at school how nano technology help us
How can I make nanorobot?
Do somebody tell me a best nano engineering book for beginners?
s. Reply
there is no specific books for beginners but there is book called principle of nanotechnology
how can I make nanorobot?
what is fullerene does it is used to make bukky balls
Devang Reply
are you nano engineer ?
fullerene is a bucky ball aka Carbon 60 molecule. It was name by the architect Fuller. He design the geodesic dome. it resembles a soccer ball.
what is the actual application of fullerenes nowadays?
That is a great question Damian. best way to answer that question is to Google it. there are hundreds of applications for buck minister fullerenes, from medical to aerospace. you can also find plenty of research papers that will give you great detail on the potential applications of fullerenes.
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