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December 8, 2008

Making the Web Work for Science: 
The Impact of e-Science and the Cyberinfrastructure
A One-Day Workshop Co-sponsored by CENDI. NFAIS and FLICC
Hosted by FLICC at the Library of Congress

e-Science is used to describe computationally intensive science that is carried out in highly distributed network environments, or science that uses immense data sets that require grid computing; the term sometimes includes technologies that enable distributed collaboration.”
[Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia]


FLICC of the Library of Congress is pleased to host this meeting in the Library of Congress Mumford Room, 101 Independence Avenue, SE, Washington, DC, 20540.  This timely and impactful workshop will take place on Monday, December 8, 2008,  9:00 am - 4:30 pm.

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Registration for this workshop has closed effective December 2, 2008


E-Science and the Web will begin with an overview of the current landscape and how the Web is being utilized for the advancement of science and scholarly communication.  Following this thoughtful, high-level perspective, real-life examples will be given of how major communities such as librarians, publishers, and federal STI program leaders are using the Web to advance scientific knowledge and scholarly communication.

The Web has the potential to revolutionize the conduct of scientific research. Interactive communication, global collaboration, real-time data sharing and analysis of test results, and the shear speed with which new ideas can be widely distributed, verified, and built upon all hold much promise - not only for drug discovery, but also for the development of the sustainable energy and food alternatives essential to our world.

But is the Information Community acting quickly enough in leveraging the Web’s potential to accelerate scientific discovery?  What is the current status?  How are libraries and content providers utilizing the Web to provide state-of-the-art information products and services, and do these services really meet researchers’ needs?  What are the challenges to fulfilling the Web’s full potential and how are they being met? And what does the future hold for scientific discovery if the full potential of the Web is truly realized?  Join us on December 8th and learn the answers to these questions and more!


Dr. Christine Borgman, author of Scholarship in the Digital Age: Information, Infrastructure, and the Internet, will provide a provocative keynote on the role that the Web currently plays in scientific research.  Content providers Howard Ratner (Nature Publishing) and Dr. Walter Warnick (Department of Energy), along with Dr. G. Sayeed Choudhury (Johns Hopkins University), will discuss their organization’s use of the Web in providing information products and services for researchers. Practicing scientists, Dr. Alberto Conti and Dr. Anthony Williams will provide their perspective on what still needs to be done to meet scientists’ needs. Dr. Michael Nelson (IBM), Fred Haber (Copyright Clearance Center) and Dr. Michael Nielson (Perimeter Institute, Canada), will discuss the technological, legal, and cultural challenges to fulfilling the Web’s potential for science. And the closing keynote, given by Dr. Chris Greer, recently of the National Science Foundation’s Cyber-Infrastructure Office and, now, Networking and Information Technology Research and Development (NITRD) Director of the National Coordination Office, will discuss how the cyber-infrastructure will ultimately shape the advancement of science and scholarly communication.

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Founded in 1958, NFAIS is a premier membership organization of more than 50 of the worlds leading producers of databases, information services, and information technology in the sciences, engineering, social sciences, business, and the arts and humanities.


CENDI, the Federal STI Managers Group, was formally created in 1985 when a Memorandum of Understanding was signed by four charter U.S. government agencies (Commerce, Energy, NASA, and Defense). From this small core of STI managers, CENDI has grown to its current membership of 13 major science agencies involved in the dissemination and long-term management of scientific and technical information.


The mission of the Federal Library and Information Center Committee (FLICC) is to foster excellence in federal library and information services through interagency cooperation and to provide guidance and direction for the Federal Library and Information Network (FEDLINK).