Regular Article

The European Physical Journal Special Topics

, Volume 214, Issue 1, pp 635-666

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Big science and big administration

Confronting the governance, financial and legal challenges of FuturICT
  • J. SmartAffiliated withUniversity of Oxford Email author 
  • , M. ScottAffiliated withUniversity College London
  • , J. B. McCarthyAffiliated withUniversity College
  • , K. T. TanAffiliated withUniversity College
  • , P. ArgyrakisAffiliated withUniversity of Thessaloniki
  • , S. BishopAffiliated withUniversity College London
  • , R. ConteAffiliated withISTC-CNR
  • , S. HavlinAffiliated withBar-Ilan University
  • , M. San MiguelAffiliated withIFISC (CSIC-UIB), Campus Universitat Illes Balears
    • , D. StauffacherAffiliated withICT4Peace

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This paper considers the issues around managing large scientific projects, and draws conclusions for the governance and management of FuturICT, based on previous experience of Big Science projects, such as CERN and ATLAS. We also consider the legal and ethical issues of the FuturICT project as the funding instrument moves from the Seventh Framework Programme to Horizon 2020.

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