E‐science and information services: a missing link in the context of digital libraries

Achim Osswald (Institute of Information Science, Cologne University of Applied Sciences, Cologne, Germany)

Online Information Review

ISSN: 1468-4527

Publication date: 8 August 2008

Abstract

Purpose

This paper aims to analyse whether, and how far, library and information services (LIS) are involved in e‐Science and grid computing projects funded by authorities in the European Union and Germany. It explains and emphasises the relevance of LIS‐based information services and expertise in e‐Science activities.

Design/methodology/approach

Projects were analysed to determine the extent to which institutions or persons with LIS expertise were involved and information services provided.

Findings

Very few of the e‐Science projects made use of LIS‐based services. This omission could reduce the quality of e‐Science‐related research in the long term and LIS experts could lose their role and expertise in serving scientists. Further research is needed to verify this. Additionally research is needed to determine whether e‐Science projects in other countries are also lacking LIS services.

Research limitations/implications

The research was undertaken during the preliminary phase of the projects.

Practical implications

Funding should emphasise the inclusion and provision of LIS services.

Originality/value

The findings show a lack of LIS services in e‐Science projects, which could otherwise enhance the projects' development and the distribution of their results.

Keywords

Citation

Osswald, A. (2008), "E‐science and information services: a missing link in the context of digital libraries", Online Information Review, Vol. 32 No. 4, pp. 516-523. https://doi.org/10.1108/14684520810897395

Publisher

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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