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Final Report: NSF SBE-CISE Workshop on Cyberinfrastructure and the Social Sciences

Published 05/17/2005

The National Science Foundation funded the SBE/CISE Workshop on "Cyberinfrastructure for the Social and Behavioral Sciences" in recognition of NSF's role in enabling, promoting, and supporting science and engineering research and education. The workshop was intended to help identify the SBE sciences' needs for infrastructure, their potential for helping CISE develop this infrastructure for engineering and all the sciences, and their capacity for assessing the societal impacts of Cyberinfrastructure. SDSC Director Fran Berman co-chaired the workshop along with Henry Brady of the University of California, Berkeley. Over eighty leading CISE and SBE scientists were brought together at Airlie House in Virginia on March 15 and 16 in 2005 to discuss six areas:

  1. Cyberinfrastructure tools for the Social and Behavioral Sciences
  2. Cyberinfrastructure-mediated Interaction
  3. Organization of Cyberinfrastructure and Cyberinfrastructure-enabled Organizations
  4. Malevolence and Cyberinfrastructure
  5. Economics of Cyberinfrastructure
  6. Impact of Cyberinfrastructure on Jobs and Income

Before, during, and after the Airlie House Conference, each working group produced reports on Cyberinfrastructure and the social sciences. Based upon these materials as well as Workshop presentations, the organizers of the Conference have produced this report.