Case studies of e-infrastructure adoption

Franz Barjak, Julia Lane, Zack Kertcher, Meik Poschen, Rob Procter, Simon Robinson

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This article reports results from a study of e-Infrastructure adoption in the social sciences and humanities (SSH). The authors find that bridging barriers between computer and domain scientists is of key importance. In particular, SSH communities have to be accepted as being distinct and not suited to a "one size fits all" strategy of e-Infrastructure diffusion. Sustainability was also a core issue, whereas barriers to resource sharing could mostly be resolved with technological solutions, and skills and training activities are a reflection of the general "user dilemma." The authors' recommendations to European Union (EU) policy makers point the way to promoting e-Infrastructure development and wider application in the SSH.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)583-600
Number of pages18
JournalSocial Science Computer Review
Issue number4
StatePublished - Nov 2009


  • Adoption
  • Case studies
  • e-Infrastructure
  • e-Social Science

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Social Sciences
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Library and Information Sciences
  • Law


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