About the Workshop
The nature of scientific communications is being dramatically altered by rapid advances in information technology. Since traditional means of access to scholarly records are no longer meeting the expectations of researchers, a knowledge gap is emerging.
Based on a history of national studies calling for an information resource to fill this knowledge gap, the Department of Energy developed a concept of a Future Information Infrastructure for the Physical Sciences which would facilitate scientific communication and increase productivity of the scientific enterprise in the US. Recognizing we are now in a new and unique environment, where distributed information technologies provide us a means to realize this vision, DOE organized and hosted a workshop at the National Academy of Sciences to obtain input from the scientific community regarding the merits of such an Information Infrastructure.
Led by Dr. Alvin W. Trivelpiece, formerly Director, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, the panel prepared this Workshop Report. The report is available in pdf format.