It seems worth mentioning a book, The Fourth Paradigm: Data-intensive Scientific Discovery, found here.
The speed at which any given scientific discipline advances will depend on how well its researchers collaborate with one another, and with technologists, in areas of eScience such as databases, workflow management, visualization, and cloud computing technologies.
Most notably, the book can be purchased, and it can be downloaded in two PDF formats for free.
I suspect that events of history such as climategate and others lend force to ideas such as citizen science, multiple opinions, and transparency. My sense is that, given massive improvements in compute power, parallel processing, seti@home-like computing, we will see more opportunities for eScience to “take to the streets”.