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National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis

Project Description

Under this project we will develop new community capacity and new technologies to support the design, implementation, and deployment of a Virtual Data Center (VDC) for biodiversity, ecological and environmental data—all founded on open standards and protocols for interoperability among existing and new data centers. We will design a reliable infrastructure that enables open, stable, persistent, robust, and secure access to well-described and logically organized biodiversity, ecological and environmental data. The system will consist of a virtual distributed network of data centers that seamlessly supports discovery and user-friendly access to a broad array of data, metadata, and other digital products that are archived securely and permanently in multiple locations. Semi-annual week-long meetings of Technical Working Groups (engaging information scientists from data centers representing many diverse disciplines), a developer, and numerous students will contribute to VDC prototypes and adopting and adapting basic system interoperability standards, such as the Open Archives Initiative Protocol for Metadata Harvesting from the digital library community and various scientific community data exchange standards (e.g., SEEK EarthGrid protocols, the oceanographic communities' OPeNDAP protocol, Federal Geographic Data Committee Biological Data Profile, and the web community's grid service protocols).

Principal Investigator(s)

Matthew B. Jones, William K. Michener, Kathleen K. Smith

Project Dates

Start: January 13, 2009

End: February 18, 2010



Suzanne Lorraine Allard
University of Tennessee, Knoxville
Paul Allen
Cornell University
John Cobb
Bob Cook
Oak Ridge National Laboratory
Duane Costa
University of New Mexico
Patricia Cruse
University of California, Office of the President
Roger Dahl
University of New Mexico
Michael Daigle
University of California, Santa Barbara
Timothy DiLauro
Johns Hopkins University
Mike Frame
US Geological Survey (USGS)
Jim Green
Stephanie E. Hampton
University of California, Santa Barbara
Jeff Horsburgh
Utah State University
Vivian B. Hutchison
US Geological Survey (USGS) Western Fisheries Research Center
Matthew B. Jones
University of California, Santa Barbara
Steve Kelling
Cornell University
Carl Lagoze
Cornell University
Hilmar Lapp
Duke University
William K. Michener
University of New Mexico
Nick Outin
University of California, Santa Barbara
Giri Palanisamy
Oak Ridge National Laboratory
Robert Sandusky
University of Illinois
Ryan Scherle
Duke University
Mark Servilla
University of New Mexico
Kathleen K. Smith
Duke University
Carol Tenopir
University of Tennessee, Knoxville
David A. Vieglais
University of Kansas
Todd Vision
University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
Robert P. Waltz
University of Tennessee, Knoxville
Bruce Wilson
Oak Ridge National Laboratory

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