Monitoring the implementation and uptake of e-Infrastructures in Africa.

A survey on current or planned e-Infrastructure Applications (HPC,  Grid, Cloud Computing, Data Repositories, web portals, etc) in Africa

A new era of scientific discovery is being made possible through e-Science - novel, large-scale inter-disciplinary global collaborations between scientists and researchers across many different areas fuelled by sophisticated software applications supported by advanced Information and Communication Technologies (ICT).

These ICT are high-speed research communication networks, powerful computational resources (dedicated high performance computers, clusters, large numbers of commodity PCs), grid and cloud technologies, data infrastructures (data sources, scientific literature), sensors, web-based portals, scientific gateways and mobile devices. When integrated together, these ICT elements are collectively known as e-Infrastructures.

A potential user of an e-Infrastructure might therefore need:

  • a more powerful computer to run an application
  • a great number of these computers to deliver results faster
  • access to specialised High Performance Computing facilities
  • access to large data sources
  • access to software not available locally (see examples at the Africa Grid Science Gateway http://sgw.africa-grid.org/applications)
  • to collaborate with other scientists across the world
  • access to scientific literature resources
  • to connect to specialised instrumentation for analysis
  • to connect to sensors for data collection
  • access to these facilities via a web-based portal or mobile device (e.g. the Africa Grid Science Gateway http://sgw.africa-grid.org)

To help us focus our work, we invite you to assist us in monitoring the successful implementation and uptake of e-Infrastructures in Africa.

This is based on understanding the current and potential future use of e-Infrastructure by African researchers and scientists.   As a current or potential user of e-Infrastructures we would like to capture your details and your current or planned application by filling in this questionnaire.

If you would like assistance in filling in this questionnaire, then please get in touch with sci-gaia@wacren.net

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There are 23 questions in this survey.