Digital Science. Definition.
In March 2013 EC released a new digital science concept used in the program Horizons 2020.
Digital science is about the way research is carried out, disseminated, deployed and transformed by digital tools, networks and media. These issues are often also covered by concepts such as e-science, e-infrastructures, open science, science2.0, web science, or internet science.
Implementing Digital science strongly relies on e-infrastructure, especially for i) developing and sharing specific ICT tools for scientific tasks; ii) providing seamless online access to scientific resources, including publications and data; iii) providing and developing platforms and tools to enable large scale collaboration without the need for physical proximity. The "Openness of research" and "Collaboration in research" dimensions are making it possible to involve society and citizens in scientific research and scientific discussions in new ways. Citizen participation can be a part of global scientific initiatives, which can also be initiated by the citizens and amateur scientists themselves.