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Meet the new U.S. Editor: Change is here to stay

Meet the new U.S. Editor: Change is here to stay

Miriam Boon, U.S. Editor, iSGTW

Everything we do, everything we use, owes something to scientists who pursued science for the sake of science. Yet in the face of countless tangible reminders of the value of basic science, society often takes it for granted.

Information is not tangible. But it is the foundation of scientific progress. And from scientific progress flows new technology, which in turn shapes the path of modern society. As scientific projects have grown in size and complexity, so has the need for collaboration over large distances. In response, researchers have created or funded new tools for collaboration.

It was the desire for better ways to collaborate that impelled CERN administrators to fund the work that led to the rise of the World Wide Web. Since then, web technology has come to permeate nearly every aspect of modern science and society, transforming the world as we know it.

I don't believe that this metamorphosis is over. Nor am I convinced that it will ever be over. Innovation and invention are coming so quickly that we may not have time to adjust before the next wave hits. Change may be the new status quo.

I believe that grid computing could be the next technology to accelerate the rate of change. Much like the Web, grid computing was conceived in the minds of frustrated scientists looking for a better, more affordable way to collaborate and do their research. Now, instead of simply sharing information over long distances, we can also share computational power. It's changing the way we do research. Those changes will trickle down into society via scientific discoveries and spin-off technologies.

I count myself as lucky. As the new U.S.-based editor of International Science Grid This Week, I have the privilege of being at ground-zero as this chapter in the history of science and society unfolds. The Internet and Grid both arose from a desire for collaboration. In that spirit, I hope to work closely with members of the science grid computing community throughout my tenure as co-editor.

Please consider my virtual door to be open. I'm eager to hear what you have to say, and I'm looking forward to a long and fruitful collaboration.

Miriam Boon
U.S. Editor, iSGTW
Office: 1 630 840 2237
Cell: 1 630 659 8064

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