Academic Cyberinfrastructure

“…cyberinfrastructure is a technological and sociological solution to the problem of efficiently connecting laboratories, data, computers, and people…” – Wikipedia

“Cyberinfrastructure consists of computing systems, data storage systems, advanced instruments and data repositories, visualization environments, and people, all linked by high speed networks to make possible scholarly innovation and discoveries not otherwise possible.” –

“Revolutionizing Science and Engineering through Cyberinfrastructure … described cyberinfrastructure as a “layer of enabling hardware, algorithms, software, communications, institutions, and personnel” that lies between a layer of “base technologies . . . the integrated electro-optical components of computation, storage, and communication” and a layer of “software programs, services, instruments, data, information, knowledge, and social practices applicable to specific projects, disciplines, and communities of practice.” In other words, for the Atkins report (and for this one), cyberinfrastructure is more than a tangible network and means of storage in digitized form, and it is not only discipline-specific software applications and project-specific data collections. It is also the more intangible layer of expertise and the best practices, standards, tools, collections and collaborative environments that can be broadly shared across communities of inquiry” –

“Cyberinfrastructure is something more specific than the network itself, but it is something more general than a tool or a resource developed for a particular project, a range of projects, or, even more broadly, for a particular discipline.” — American Council of Learned Societies, Our Cultural Commonwealth, 2006 cited in Campbell, Gardner (2009) “A Personal Cyberinfrastructure”, Educause Review: