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2011 CANARIE User's Forum

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I was invited to briefly (15min) discuss what researchers need in terms of a national cyberinfrastructure strategy.

I was invited to briefly (15min) discuss what researchers need in terms of a national cyberinfrastructure strategy.

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  • 1. What researchers want? Michel Dumontier Associate Professor of Bioinformatics Carleton University Co-PI, C-BRASS NEP2
  • 2. somebody who teaches courses, trains students at the undergraduate, graduate and post-graduate levels, writes grants, does research, deals with the administration, writes and publishes papers, and tries to have some kind of life
  • 3. we’re successful because of the help we get along the way
  • 4. first , we all have different needs second , the opinions expressed herein are reflect mine and those I’ve heard in one-on-one and group discussions
  • 5.
    • it’s not so much that there’s something fundamentally wrong, it’s just that we can do it better
  • 6. we can build from a foundation of good work and good intentions
  • 7. but, we really need a vision we can believe in government and funding agencies that understand and facilitate the broad spectrum across research and development, sustainability, commercialization and technology transfer a roadmap for building out national cyberinfrastructure (network, computing, data, instruments, community)
  • 8. A successful strategy is one where
    • we are given financial, material and professional support to accomplish our (shared) objectives
      • integrated cyberinfrastructure that leverages the investments made in network, computing and middleware towards knowledge discovery
      • professional capacity to develop NEP projects into sustainable and/or commercial endeavors
  • 9. computing services (HPC / cloud / whatever) should exist to satisfy different scientific computing requirements
  • 10. Research creates huge amounts of poorly analyzed data represented using ad-hoc formats that typically can’t be efficiently indexed, integrated, queried or consumed it impedes progress, and this needs to be addressed in a meaningful way
  • 11. The Semantic Web is a web of knowledge It is about standards for publishing, sharing and querying knowledge drawn from diverse sources It enables the answering of sophisticated questions cyberinfrastructure needs to make use of such standards
  • 12. myth #1: People don’t like or want to share data they will do so with proper incentives
  • 13.
    • maximize investments in middleware
    • promote integration and interoperability
    • facilitate sustainability and commercializaiton
  • 14. Specific recommendations
    • define a coherent vision
      • to guide and be advocated by government, funding agencies, researchers and industry
    • use / extend data standards and promote software interoperability
      • facilitate software and data as services
    • develop expert capacity and involve professional support networks
      • commercialization and technology transfer
  • 15.  
  • 16. dumontierlab.com [email_address]