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Title:Conceptualizing a Cyberinfrastructure Readiness Framework for Research Information Infrastructure
Author(s):Lenhardt, W. Christopher
Information infrastructure
Knowledge infrastructure
Technology readiness
Abstract:This paper presents an initial version of an infrastructural readiness framework for cyberinfrastructure, a term often applied to scientific information infrastructure. Readiness is intended to represent infrastructural maturity of a cyberinfrastructure project. The current version of the framework synthesizes technology readiness concepts and sociotechnical concepts illustrated with representative examples. The goal is to use the framework to explore the trajectory of scientific cyberinfrastructure projects as information infrastructure. The number of cyberinfrastructure projects has grown steadily since the introduction of the concept. Identifying characteristics of cyberinfrastructure projects that show a higher degree of infrastructural maturity would be beneficial for sociotechnical researchers, for users and developers of cyberinfrastructure, and for funders. Further work on the framework can draw, in an iterative fashion, on the large pool of existing or completed projects for analysis. Relationships between the framework dimensions and infrastructural readiness are, in essence, preliminary hypotheses which may be evaluated against existing data. Future work related to this research will pursue that approach as well as developing an in-depth analysis of two to three representative cyberinfrastructure case studies.
Issue Date:2021-03-17
Genre:Conference Poster
Rights Information:Copyright 2021 is held by W. Christopher Lenhardt. Copyright permissions, when appropriate, must be obtained directly from the author.
Date Available in IDEALS:2021-03-19

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