the PBI partners brings particular expertise and experience to the coalition
that encompasses many of the elements of contemporary research and education
in ecology, biodiversity, evolution, systematics, and informatics. Specifically:
Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis (NCEAS) - The Center
promotes the integration of existing data to address important ecological
Approximately 500 scientists visit the Center each year to participate
in working groups and another 15-20 sabbatical fellows and postdoctoral
associates are in residence. In the processes of hosting many scientists
analyzing many topics, the Center encounters many of the problems
associated with heterogeneous, complex data in many formats and from
many locales. Thus, activities at the Center can serve as both a source
for topics the Consortium can address, and a test-bed for solutions
produced by the Consortium.
Natural History Museum and Biodiversity Research Center, The University
of Kansas (KU-BRC) - The Center discovers, documents and disseminates
knowledge of Earth's biological diversity and natural environments,
past and present, through collection-based research, education and
informatics. KU-BRC is leading a national and international initiative
with other natural history museums to provide digital access to and
integration of the biodiversity information associated with approximately
3 billion specimens of animals and plants housed in museums worldwide
that document the life of the planet and are the result of 300 years
of the biological exploration of Earth. KU-BRC's scientists and students
have expertise in worldwide biotic and ecological investigations,
evolutionary studies and informatics research into the history and
nature of biological diversity.
Office of the Long Term Ecological Research Program - The LTER
Network comprises 24 sites spread throughout North America, the Caribbean,
and Antarctica (http://www.lternet.edu).
Over 1200 LTER scientists and students are involved in research based
on five common core themes (populations, disturbance, cycling of inorganic
nutrients, storages and flows of organic material, and productivity).
In addition to site-based research, the LTER Network emphasizes cross-site
and network-wide studies, including the regionalization of results
from individual sites and facilitating international LTER activities.
Development of approaches for the management of site and network databases
is the responsibility of the LTER Information Management Committee.
Thus the LTER Network provides extensive experience in the development
and maintenance of networked, distributed databases as well as a test
bed for Consortium projects.
San Diego Supercomputer Center (SDSC) - The mission of SDSC (www.sdsc.edu)
is to provide world leadership in advancing knowledge through the
development and application of advanced computational and information
technologies. SDSC has developed in-house expertise and significant
collaboratives dedicated to developing enabling technologies for environmental
observing and information systems. SDSC also leads the National Partnership
for Advanced Computational Infrastructure (NPACI), a research consortium
involving more than 40 institutions across the country. As the leading
NPACI site (www.npaci.edu), SDSC
manages a significant nation-wide network of computational infrastructure;
coordinates key informatics research activities in service to the
academic community; and sponsors many education, outreach, and training
Institute for Telecommunications and Information Technology -
is one of four institutes established through the California
Institutes for Science and Innovation initiative proposed in the
year 2000 by Governor Gray Davis. Cal-(IT)², a partnership between
UC San Diego and UC Irvine, seeks to ensure that California maintains
its leadership in the telecommunications and information technology
marketplace. The institute's mission is simple: Extend the reach of
the current information infrastructure throughout the physical world
to enable anytime/anywhere access. This, complemented by research
and development in related information technologies, will help the
State provide new capabilities to important market segments poised
to be transformed by the new Internet and prototype ways to monitor
and manage growth anticipated in the coming years.