STFC e-infrastructure strategy - enabling the UK knowledge economy
02 Feb 2018



Over 100,000 UK scientists, from both academia and industry, rely upon digital or ‘e’ infrastructure to extract value and knowledge from experimental data. This knowledge underpins the UK economy, facilitating growth, job creation and innovation.

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The Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC​) has published a new e-infrastructure strategy designed to support and strengthen research and industrial productivity in the UK.

For the purposes of this strategy e-infrastructure is defined as the combination of both the physical systems and, most importantly, the people with the necessary expertise: 

• Computers and software (for modelling, simulation, calculation and data analysis);
• Data storage facilities, data curation and data archiving;
• Software infrastructure for managing platforms, virtual organisations, workloads, data and security;
• The network connecting it all together (enabling data to be accessed and moved);
• The people with the necessary expertise in scientific software and data intensive science.

This strategy identifies the e-infrastructure challenges facing STFC, its research communities and the UK. It also highlights where, in tackling these challenges, additional strategic investment is considered essential. STFC is also playing a leading role in working with Research Councils UK (RCUK) to develop the national e-infrastructure (NeI) that the UK requires for the future and in doing so it can draw upon its breadth and depth of experience in this area. This in turn will help achieve STFC’s strategic goals of delivering world-class research, innovation and skills and deliver our ambition to be a world leader in the analysis and application of data.

Download the STFC e-infrastructure strategy

Contact: O'Sullivan, Marion (STFC,RAL,SC)