Northwest Knowledge Network Joins National Data System
July 06, 2016
The University of Idaho’s Northwest Knowledge Network is now a member node of the National Science Foundation-funded Data Observation Network for Earth (DataONE), giving UI researchers increased ability to share their data and access other scientists’ data around the world.
UI is the first university in the state to join DataONE, which includes universities, national laboratories, state repositories and other groups across the United States, as well as global partners, particularly focusing on ecology, plant and wildlife, Earth and environmental sciences data.
“Becoming a member node is really a significant connection to a national data-management and data-sharing network that has global exposure,” said Luke Sheneman, technology and data services manager for the Northwest Knowledge Network, or NKN. “We can share data with the world, and not only share it, but make it discoverable anywhere in the world.” Located in UI’s Office of Research and Economic Development (ORED), NKN provides research data management and computing support for UI researchers and their regional, national and international collaborators. NKN operates as a partnership between ORED, the UI Information Technology Services Unit and the UI Library.
NKN has participated in DataONE for several years, but now as a top-tier member node will contribute all the data it manages and some computing infrastructure to the network, as well as provide any UI researcher with access to DataONE’s Investigator Toolkit for accessing and working with data. NKN will be able to target other member nodes for sharing and use the DataONE network as a conduit for moving large amounts of data.
Being part of DataONE also will help UI researchers become more competitive for research grant funding, Sheneman said. Many granting agencies now require data management plans in grant proposals and require funded projects to make their data accessible and reusable to other researchers and the public. NKN can be found online at www.northwestknowledge.net. DataONE is online at www.dataone.org.
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