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This editors' introduction describes the rationale behind the development of the Research in a Connected World resource and the history of its development.

The massive availability of networked information and communications technologies today allows us to change the ways we go about our dailyworking lives as well as the way we spend out leisure time. New ways of shopping, of staying in touch with colleagues and friends, of learningor of navigating places have emerged that are enabled by the ubiquitous electronic devices and networked services that have become availableover the past few years. Similarly, as researchers we are today utilising computers in many ways, be it through the use of basicservices such as email or the utilisation of the most advanced digital technologies enabling new research methods. No matter what discipline wework in, there are legitimate questions about what potential use we might make of these technologies and what the implications of such usemight be.

Over the past decade, funding organisations such as the UK's research councils have funded efforts to make the most advanced information andcommunications technologies available to researchers and investments are made to develop persistent and sustainable infrastructures to underpin awidespread uptake of digital methods – the development of e-Research. What has been lacking, however, is the development of appropriatelearning material such as textbooks that would teach the basics of advanced information systems and digital methods in a way that isaccessible to researchers from a wide range of disciplines. This book is an attempt to fill this gap. Its aim is to fill the gap between theinitial interest generated by presentations of the potential of e-Research and the various training courses that convey the skillsnecessary to use specific technologies.

Chapter outline

The book is divided into four main sections. The first two chapters provide a general introduction to the principles behing e-Research and introduce distributed systems, showing how they differ from single-user desktop systems. The second section discusses a number of different examples of e-Research from a range of disciplines, demonstrating how research can benefit from and be driven forward by the use of advanced information and communications technologies. The third section outlines a number of infrastructures for research that are available to researchers today and discusses the strategies behind the development of European grid initiatives that aim to provide a sustainable environment for the development of e-Research practices. Next, we discuss the role of data and its management over the research lifecycle as well as a number of relevant technologies. The fifth section discusses different ways that researchers can access infrastructure services and the ways they can be factored into actual everyday research practices. Finally, we conclude the book with a collection of resources that we hope will help the reader explore the field of e-Research further and make informed choices about the adoption of the technologies and methods described in this book.


First of all, we would like to thank our colleagues who have contributed chapters to this collection. They have given generously of their time and the essential input of expertise without which this book could not have come into existence. We would also like to thank the organisations that have provided support in cash or in kind:

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The UK's JISC has provided financial support through the funding for the e-Infrastructure Use cases and service usage models project.

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The Scottish Informatics and Computer Science Alliance has supported the editing process by funding contributions made by Alex Voss.

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The National e-Science Centre has supported the editing process by funding the contributions made by David Fergusson and Elizabeth Vander Meer.

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The Manchester e-Research Centre has supported the editing process by funding contributions made by Alex Voss and by administering the production process of the first edition of the book.

Questions & Answers

where we get a research paper on Nano chemistry....?
Maira Reply
what are the products of Nano chemistry?
Maira Reply
There are lots of products of nano chemistry... Like nano coatings.....carbon fiber.. And lots of others..
Even nanotechnology is pretty much all about chemistry... Its the chemistry on quantum or atomic level
no nanotechnology is also a part of physics and maths it requires angle formulas and some pressure regarding concepts
Preparation and Applications of Nanomaterial for Drug Delivery
Hafiz Reply
Application of nanotechnology in medicine
what is variations in raman spectra for nanomaterials
Jyoti Reply
I only see partial conversation and what's the question here!
Crow Reply
what about nanotechnology for water purification
RAW Reply
please someone correct me if I'm wrong but I think one can use nanoparticles, specially silver nanoparticles for water treatment.
yes that's correct
I think
Nasa has use it in the 60's, copper as water purification in the moon travel.
nanocopper obvius
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
analytical skills graphene is prepared to kill any type viruses .
Any one who tell me about Preparation and application of Nanomaterial for drug Delivery
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.
how did you get the value of 2000N.What calculations are needed to arrive at it
Smarajit Reply
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