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National roadmaps for Research Infrastructures provided by member states are presented on this page. Description presents current situation in the e-Infrastructure as well as plans of development. Naturally, roadmaps are focused mainly on infrastructure aspects like: network, computation, data storage and presents short-term and long-term goals from local perspective.  Moreover, from presented study we can learn that the national network providers which offer services for institutes, universities, colleges and cultural organisations are often confronted with requirements to deliver more sophisticated support to research across all scientific disciplines. In some cases the analysis goes beyond the e-Infrastructure and identified software-related needs like coordinated and consolidated databases specific science discipline. Providing secure access on adequate level to networks, storage, computing resources is always a vital point in many analysis. The studies often touches also facets like support for advanced users, e-Science tools and data mining.

The documents are a good starting point for discussion on present situation in European Union and an important point when laying development plans. The e-Infrastructure paves the way for common solutions for shared needs and requirements. Having a general, common layer of supporting e-infrastructures also allows for a refocus on science  for the disciplinary research infrastructures. E-infrastructures shared by thematic infrastructures are an important facilitator of cross-disciplinary sharing, thereby enabling the study of fundamentally new research questions. The interoperability of these infrastructures with the horizontal support structures becomes key for collaboration, sharing of data and results and for scientific development as such. The e-infrastructures are a crucial part of the data driven science.

If you want to see a  Road Map in the context of the developments inside a specific country, please look at the page in the country section of the Knowledge Base.

If you want to know when to expect a new National Research Infrastructure Roadmap, have a look at http://www.esfri.eu/national-roadmaps.

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Roadmap for research infrastructures A pilot project of the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF)

Research infrastructures (RI) are an essential compo­ nent of every science and research system. In turn, efficient research infrastructures serve to advance basic scientific research and enable complex or even inter­ disciplinary scientific issues to be addressed. Further­ more, access to wide-ranging research infrastructures provides a basic framework that enables scientists to continue their training and fosters the transfer of technology and knowledge. Thus, the cornerstones are laid down for a high-performance and future-oriented science and research system. This increases Germany‘s attractiveness as a location of scientific and techno­ logical developments, even at international level. In particular, research infrastructures with cross-border partnerships attract a large number of scientists and young science professionals from Europe and all over the world. Therefore, investments in research infra­ structures invariably invest in the future of society.
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