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Press Release 12-142

DataONE Answers the Call for New Tools to Study the Earth in This Era of Big Data Science

NSF and DataONE take the lead in building a model for scientific data preservation, innovation and discovery

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Photo of Carly Strasser collecting copepods in an estuary in the Pacific Northwest.

DataONE, a powerful tool for today's big data science, serves multiple scientific communities, but its use is most prevalent to date by researchers in the biological sciences. This photograph is of Carly Strasser of the California Digital Library collecting copepods (Eurytemora affinis) in an estuary in the Pacific Northwest. The copepods are invasive marine animals that displace native species. The collected specimens were used as brood stock for laboratory experiments testing the effects of temperature and salinity on population growth.

DataONE enables scientists to have access to such biological data sets collected by researchers like Strasser all over the world. Integration and analysis of such data is critical to beginning to understand and address grand challenge questions related to global and long-term issues such as climate change, resource depletion, sustainability, etc.

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Bill Michener, DataONE principal investigator from the University of New Mexico, and Bob Chadduck, NSF program manager in the Office of Cyberinfrastructure, discuss DataOne, an exciting new tool for capitalizing on the opportunities and addressing the challenges of big data science.

Credit: National Science Foundation