UK e-Infrastructure Leadership Council Seeks Input
The UK’s newly formed e-Infrastructure Leadership Council (ELC) is conducting a survey to help plan future activities and investments. Although targeted at UK businesses and SMEs, all respondents are welcome.
ELC oversees investment and coordination for the government-funded UK e-Infrastructure, especially HPC, and including a recently announced £158m investment. The funds allocated to this project come from the hard infrastructure budget for the UK (think roads, tolls, etc.), dedicated in this program to “e-infrastructure” — digital infrastructure to help business, academia, industry and the research enterprise. This includes funding and maintenance of a plethora of things: networks, computation, software, skills training, technologies.
Together with other representatives from industry, academe, funding bodies and officials, the council will be advising the government on how best to use these funds over the next 10 years to help encourage data science, technological development and emerging business.
The short survey, called “The future of UK’s digital infrastructure,” will be live until June 13, 2012, after which the Council will distill the results into a report to present to the larger council in July. All of the results will be made publicly available under a Creative Commons license.
This is your chance to directly influence not only how this funding is divvied up, but also affect how the UK views data-intensive science, business and digital technologies for years to come.
Background information: http://www.digital-science.com/blog/posts/help-us-in-mapping-the-future-of-digital-infrastructure-in-the-uk