FOCUSING ON THE INDIVIDUAL: CHANGING EVERYDAY PRACTICES IN RESPONSE TO LARGE-SCALE CYBERINFRASTRUCTURE
Once complete these projects will be a package of software, practices (both scientific and mechanical), and conceptualizations for conducting scientific research. Once taken up by the community, they will be the ‘standard’ way of completing research – supported by peer reviewers as the authoritative method for conducting a specific kind of research. We can consider these large-scale cyberinfrastructure projects to be in essence, standards. An important part of the standardization process is that ‘standards’ must be taken up by the ‘market place’ in order to be successful (Cargill, 2011).
The individuals, the domain scientists, the researcher in a lab or the field – they are the market place. As cyberinfrastructure is introduced, we must ask those in the market place to adapt. This includes developing as well as training in the new sets of skills needed to interact with these standards. These skills include proper data management – both for new and existing research data. This talk will address the limitations inherent in these large-scale systems, and more importantly the future of these systems: 1) what changes are needed to include these 'standards' in our current process of training the individual scientist? and, 2) how as a community of individuals, can we make these changes happen?
Cargill, C. F. (2011). Why standardization efforts fail. Journal of Electronic Publishing, 14(1).