The design and use of advanced Internet and Grid technologies in the social, natural and computer sciences are likely to reconfigure
not only how researchers obtain and provide data resources and other information but also what they and the public can access
and know; not only how they collaborate, but with whom they collaborate; not only what computer-based services they use, but
from whom they obtain services. This reconfiguring affects the provision of data resources in ways that raise legal, institutional
and social issues such as confidentiality, privacy and data protection, ownership of intellectual property rights, anonymity
and accountability, and issues of trust, confidence, and risk in distributed collaboration. This project focuses on understanding
these issues in order to give the UK research community a lead in advancing understanding of the social shaping and impacts
of e-infrastructures and in identifying ways forward for the appropriate design of e-science technologies, institutions and
practices. A multidisciplinary team of social scientists, legal scholars and computer scientists will select, direct and analyse
a set of in-depth comparative case studies of e-social science and e-science projects.
This work is supported by ESRC
grant RES-149-25-1022. It is a partnership with the Oxford Internet Institute.