Doing (e-)research usually involves assembling a set of tools and technologies to be used, setting up ways of sharing resources of various kinds and establishing communication and collaboration mechanisms. There's a range of services or tools that researchers may make use of in their work. You might want to
- authenticate using an authentication service;
- communicate and collaborate with colleagues;
- transfer data;
- configure a resource;
- invoke a computation;
- re-use data and give credit to the original producer;
- archive output data and runtime data;
- publish outputs, both informally through blogs or wikis and formally through conference or journal papers;
- discover what resources are available;
- monitor the state of a resource or process;
- maintain awareness of who is doing what;
- find out where particular data has come from and how it was processed (provenance); and
- find out who has access to a resource and what they can do with it (authentication and authorization).
For practically all these aspects of the research cycle collaborative tools are available.
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