Why do we need centres?

Submitted by Dieter Van Uytvanck on 15 July 2009

Researchers will only use certain resources and certain tools/services offered via the web when they are sure that they can access them also for a longer period of time. Currently, researchers mostly download resources first to their computer to create accessibility, but in the cyberinfrastructure scenario with many large resources and collections this way is not suitable anymore. So availability and accessibility have to be guaranteed by institutions with a clear service oriented attitude that do pose as little restrictions as possible on the usage by the researchers. Only this new type of centres can give such guarantees.