The Research Computing Group (RCG) aims to provide affordable IT infrastructure to researchers. This is a collaborative effort between the MSU's Information Technology Center (ITC), the IoE, and the Office of the Vice President for Research to provide additional research-specific resources to MSU scientists.
Supported by the current Montana NSF EPSCoR Track 1 award, the Montana Institute on Ecosystems is a community of scholars and partners with a shared vision to advance integrated environmental sciences and related fields. We draw on the extraordinary landscapes of Montana and beyond to understand complex ecosystems including the interconnectedness of people and nature.
Montana State University and The University of Montana are working together to enhance environmental and ecosystem science research, education, and engagement across the state and beyond via the newly established Montana University System (MUS) Institute on Ecosystems. The Montana Board of Regents approved the Montana Institute on Ecosystems (IoE) on November 18, 2011. The Montana IoE culminates over two years of collaborative planning efforts and is foundationally supported by a 5-year, $20 million NSF science capacity building grant to Montana.
In order for researchers and the public to address problems related to ecosystems, especially climate change, collection and analysis of huge, complex, heterogeneous data sets will be required, as well as shared access to distributed data sources that already exist or that are being collected through other research programs. With that in mind, the cyberinfrastructure (CI) activities supported by MT EPSCoR provide essential baseline CI advising, training and support for researchers engaged in the core science projects and work to develop a much more global, comprehensive, state-wide plan for establishing and maintaining an effective research cyberinfrastructure.
Efforts are cooridnated through the Research Computing Group at MSU and High Performance Computing Group at The University of Montana.
Jointly supported by Montana NSF EPSCoR and Kentucky NSF EPSCoR, VOEIS (Virtual Observatory and Ecological Information System) was designed to meet the data control, curation, sharing and publication needs typical to research scientists working in the earth sciences. Future Montana Institute on Ecosystems cyberinfrastructure efforts will build upon VOEIS to develop statewide and regional capacity to acquire, manage, visualize, and analyze large, open-access environmental datasets.