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Data Observation Network for Earth (DataONE)

Principal Investigator: 

Bruce Wilson
Adjunct Faculty Professor
University of Tennessee
Center for Information and Communication Studies
5 James D Hoskins Library
1400 West Cumberland
Knoxville, TN 37996-4000

Grant or Funding Agency: 

National Science Foundation (NSF)

Project Description:

The DataONE project grant was awarded to the University of New Mexico and the University of Tennessee joined the project as a sub-contractor.  Through partnerships and funding through the National Science Foundation, DataONE works to create the foundation for a framework to distribute scientific data through a sustained cyber network.  This network will be developed through established standards that allow for the distribution of data to the stakeholders who will be using the network (i.e., researchers, educators and the public domains).  “By creating an infrastructure of people, technology, and standards to support the full life cycle of biological, ecological, and environmental data and tools that enable universal access, DataONE will accelerate use of Earth observational data in research, education and decision-making. In so doing, DataONE will transform our understanding of ecological processes and conserve life on earth and the environment that sustains it.”

The University of Tennessee's School of Information Sciences (SIS) works with the Oak Ridge National Laboratory on a number of different projects including support of hardware installation, software development, and organizational development.  This group will serve as the regional center for research studying information science and computer solutions to long term digital preservation of earth observational data.  


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Secondary Contacts:

Dr. Suzie Allard
Associate Professor and Assistant Director
University of Tennessee
School of Information Sciences
453 Communications Building
1345 Circle Park Dr
Knoxville, TN 37996-0341
Phone: 865.974.1369

University of New Mexico NSF UTK