Requirements Capture for Collaboration in eScience

January 14-15 2004, 9:00am - 5pm

e-Science Institute, 15 South College Street, Edinburgh


Marina Jirotka, Rob Procter, Frank Bisby and Matthew Dovey



The vision of e-Science is of a radical transformation of scientific practices brought about through the deployment of Grid technologies. In this vision, new kinds of science and scientific communities will emerge, be supported through a Grid infrastructure that enables high-speed and distributed, large-scale computations, and radically new ways of sharing large data repositories.

It is well recognised in both the computer-supported cooperative work and technology innovation research literature, however, that the successful development and deployment of new collaborative technologies is highly unpredictable. The realization of the e-Science vision presents, therefore, a major challenge to the Grid research community.

This two day workshop aims to uncover the social and technical conditions that are most conducive to the achievement of e-Science goals. Specifically, it will seek to define methods for e-Science applications requirements capture that are capable of addressing socio-technical factors.


Participants from both industry and academia are welcome, particularly those who have some experience of e-Science applications/settings or related areas, either as scientists, designers or implementers. We intend to limit the number of participants to 20 in order to provide maximum opportunity for discussion.

Participation will be on the basis of position papers which will be reviewed by the workshop programme committee.


Position papers are invited on (but not limited to) the following topics:


Positional papers should be limited to four sides of A4 (2.5cm margins, 12 pt Ariel or Helvetica, 6 pt gap between paragraphs), including contact details, figures, tables and references. Submission of a position paper will be taken to grant permission to reproduce the work in printed and electronic form, as part of the workshop.

Accepted position papers will be published on the workshop www site. Participants will be invited to submit full length versions of their papers. On agreement of contributers we would seek for publication in a book or a special issue of a journal.

The method of submission will be available here shortly.

If you would like to attend this workshop please use the link below to apply and submit your paper:

Draft Programme

The workshop will take place over two days and will consist of a combination of keynote talks, participant contributions and discussion sessions.

The draft programme is as follows:

The event will be hosted by the e-Science Institute in Edinburgh which is a centre for education and research for e-Science, and provides new state-of-the art facilities including an Access Grid system.

Travel: The e-Science Institute is less than 15 minutes walk from Waverley rail station, and from St Andrews square bus stations. It is approximately 20 minutes by taxi from Edinburgh airport (40 minutes by bus). Please see our web site for a map of the area.