eScience is defined broadly as big computational science, team science and networked science. It includes all scientific domains, as well as biomedicine and social sciences that share research approaches with the sciences. eScience is about global collaboration in key areas of science and the next generation of infrastructure that it will enable and support.

Researchers working within eScience could require access to very large data collections and large scale computing resources in order to share their data with others, or they could require access to smaller data collections where a number of different researchers need to be involved. The principle idea surrounding eScience is that it is collaborative in nature, providing opportunities for researchers and scientists to share their data; discuss new avenues for research; and work together to produce better results. Librarians can contribute to eScience by planning projects, programs and services, and preparing the library workforce to work in eScience disciplines such as data management, data sharing and data education.

Further Resources

Alvaro E, Brooks H, Ham M, Poegel S, Rosencrans S. (2011). E-Science Librarianship: Field Undefined. Issues in Science and Technology Librarianship(link is external).

Szigeti K, Wheeler K. (2011). Science and Technology Resources on the Internet: Essential Readings in e-Science(link is external). Issues in Science and Technology Librarianship.

Youngseek K, Addom BK, Stanton JM. (2011). Education for eScience Professionals : Integrating Data Curation and Cyberinfrastructure(link is external). International Journal of Digital Curation, 6(1):125–38.

Allard S. (2012). DataONE: Facilitating eScience through Collaboration(link is external). Journal of eScience Librarianship, 1(1):4–17.

Arms WY, Calimlim M, Walle L. (2009). EScience in Practice: Lessons from the Cornell Web Lab(link is external). D-Lib Magazine, 15(5/6):1–1.

Kafel D, Morales M, Vander Hart R, Gore S, Creamer A, Crespo J, et al. (2012). Building an e-Science Portal for Librarians: A Model of Collaboration(link is external). Journal of eScience Librarianship, 1(1):41–5.

Lord P, Macdonald A. (2003). e-Science Curation Report Data curation for e-Science in the UK : an audit to establish requirements for future curation and provision.(link is external)

Lougee W, Choudhury S, Gold A, Humphrey C, Humphreys B, Luce R, et al. (2007). Agenda for Developing E-Science in Research Libraries: Final Report and Recommendations to the Scholarly Communication Steering Committee, the Public Policies Affecting Research Libraries Steering Committee, and the Research, Teaching, and Learning Steering Committee(link is external). Washington, D.C.

Soehner C, Steeves C, Ward J. (2010). E-Science and Data Support Services(link is external).

Stanton JM. (2011). Education for eScience Professionals: Job Analysis, Curriculum Guidance, and Program Considerations(link is external). Journal of Education for Library & Information Science, 52(2):79–94.

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