Funding for ECID technology development comes from the National Science Foundation and the Office of Naval Research.


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National environmental observatories will soon provide large-scale data from diverse sensor networks and community models. Much attention is focused on piping data from sensors to archives and users; however, truly integrating these resources into the everyday research activities of scientists and engineers across the community and enabling their results and innovations to be brought back into the observatory are also critical to long-term success of the observatories. The Environmental Cyberinfrastructure Demonstrator (ECID) Cyberenvironment for observatory-centric environmental research and education, under development at the National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA), is designed to address these issues.


Cyberenvironments incorporate collaboratory and grid technologies, web services, and other cyberinfrastructure into an overall framework that balances the need for efficient coordination with the ability to innovate. They are designed to support the full scientific lifecycle, both at the level of individual experiments as they move from data to workflows to publication, and at the level of larger-scale collaboration, where new discoveries lead to additional data, models, tools, and conceptual frameworks that augment and evolve community-scale systems such as observatories. The ECID cyberenvironment currently integrates five major components a collaborative portal, workflow engine, event manager, metadata repository, and social networking capabilities that have novel features inspired by the Cyberenvironment concept and by real-world environmental research scenarios.