FastLane

FastLane

Managing Science in the Internet World

eBook - 2016
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Since 2000, the National Science Foundation has depended upon its pioneering FastLane e-government system to manage grant applications, peer reviews, and reporting. In this behind-the-scenes account Thomas J. Misa and Jeffrey R. Yost examine how powerful forces of science and computing came together to create this influential grant-management system, assessing its impact on cutting-edge scientific research.

Why did the NSF create FastLane , and how did it anticipate the development of web-based e-commerce? What technical challenges did the glitch-prone early system present? Did the switch to electronic grant proposals disadvantage universities with fewer resources? And how did the scientific community help shape FastLane ?

Foregrounding the experience of computer users, the book draws on hundreds of interviews with scientific researchers, sponsored project administrators, NSF staff, and software designers, developers, and managers.

Publisher: Baltimore, Maryland : Johns Hopkins University Press, 2016.
Copyright Date: ©2016
ISBN: 9781421418698
9781421418681
Characteristics: 1 online resource (219 pages) : illustrations, maps, charts, photographs, tables.
Additional Contributors: Yost, Jeffrey R. - Author
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