University of Illinois / NCSA Joins the OCC


We’re pleased to announce that the Unversity of Illinois is now a member of the Open Commons Consortium!

The OCC and the the National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA) are working together on a data peering pilot that will make environmental data available across multiple commons. The pilot will peer resources in both the Open Science Data Cloud environmental data commons and the Resourcing Open Geospatial Education and Research (ROGER) supercomputer.

"Data peering will enable data commons service providers to share large datasets using persistent digital IDs over high speed research networks, effectively expanding the amount and quality of data transparently accessible to researchers associated with each service provider. We think of it as a kind of instantaneous inter-library loan system for complex data," said Dr. Robert Grossman, Director of the OCC. "It is very exciting to collaborate with NCSA as founding partners in this effort.”

"We're looking forward to working with NCSA, particularly on data peering. Data peering between NCSA and existing OCC resources will go a long way towards enabling sustainable access to large valuable datasets for more researchers and extending resources like the Environmental Data Commons," says Dr. Zac Flamig, of the Center for Data Intensive Science at the University of Chicago, and Scientific Lead for the OCC NOAA Working Group.

Learn more about how your organization can become a member of the OCC here.

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