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Cyberinfrastructure for Spatial Data Integration

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The term cyberinfrastructure (CI) refers to a new research environment that supports integration of geographically distributed computing and information processing services to enable a new level of data-intensive collaborative science enterprise. It includes high-performance data management and storage hardware and software, combined with secure data access and advanced information- and knowledge-management technologies and a variety of search, analysis, visualization, modeling and collaboration tools linked over high-speed networks, to create an enabling end-to-end framework for scientific discovery. CI applications in earth sciences span such disciplines as earthquake modeling and prediction, ecology, atmospheric sciences, hydrology and oceanography.

Historical Background

The term was first articulated at a press briefing on the Presidential Decision Directive (PDD-63) in 1998, in reference to...


  • Geographic Information System
  • Spatial Data
  • Open Geospatial Consortium
  • National Ecological Observatory Network
  • Biomedical Informatics Research Network

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Zaslavsky, I. (2016). Cyberinfrastructure for Spatial Data Integration. In: Shekhar, S., Xiong, H., Zhou, X. (eds) Encyclopedia of GIS. Springer, Cham.

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