WATER RESOURCES RESEARCH GRANT PROPOSAL
Project ID: IN3561
Title: Information Infrastructure for the NIWR Water Science Support Network
Focus Categories: Management and Planning, None
Keywords: networking, information technologies, database management
Start Date: 03/01/2001
End Date: 02/28/2002
Federal Funds: $68,321
Non-Federal Matching Funds: $120,883
Congressional District: 7
Jeff R. Wright
Professor, Purdue University
The member organizations of the National Institutes for Water Resources (NIWR) comprise a national network of scientific organizations whose mission is to conduct and facilitate research that will improve the management of our nation's water resources. Collectively, this organization represents an important national resource of people and information with a nearly 40 year history of scientific accomplishment.
While the information infrastructure created by this organization its member organizations is extensive, it has resulted from individual contributions by Institutes, each with its own unique procedures, protocols, and information formats. While the volume of information is considerable, it lacks a framework within which comprehensive review and evaluation is possible.
Recently, a working paper (included as Appendix A) has been set forth calling for the development of a NIWR Water Science Support Network; an information framework through which each of the individual 54 NIWR Institutes will be able to contribute to a national scientific water resources database and information system. The objective of this project is to develop the under-lying client/server compute infrastructure that will support the development of this information network.