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Reagan Moore delivers Cyberinfrastructure Seminar Series talk

Published 07/26/2005

The next Cyberinfrastructure Partner (CIP) Cyberinfrastructure Seminar Series will feature a talk by Reagan Moore of San Diego Supercomputer Center on "Data Grids, Digital Libraries, and Persistent Archives: An Integrated Approach to Sharing, Publishing, and Archiving Data."

It will be held Tuesday, August 2, 2005, 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM (PDT, 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM (CDT) at the SDSC Auditorium.

Applications on the Teragrid generate simulation output that can be measured in the tens of Terabytes and millions of files. The ability to manage these massive data sets is simplified through the use of data grid technology. Data grids organize data that may be distributed across multiple sites in a collection hierarchy. Descriptive metadata is associated with each file to support browsing and discovery. Digital library services, such as those provided by DSpace, are used to interact with the collection.

The integration of digital library technology with data grids makes it possible to share data easily within a scientific community. Multiple scientific disciplines are now assembling digital libraries composed of digital reference data sets that represent standard observational or simulation scenarios. By being able to both publish data for external researchers, and share data under access controls within a project, data grids enable scientific research. Examples include the National Virtual Observatory, the Southern California Earthquake Center, the Biomedical Informatics Research Network and the Alliance for Cell Signaling.

Data grids also provide support for incorporating new technology, including new storage systems and new access methods. The ability to support new technologies is called infrastructure independence. Along with mechanisms for authenticity and integrity, infrastructure independence mechanisms form the critical components of a preservation environment. The ability to use the same software infrastructure to implement a data sharing environment, a digital library, and a preservation environment is one of the great advances provided by data management systems available on the Teragrid. Examples of these technologies will be illustrated using the SDSC Storage Resource Broker Data Grid.

The Cyberinfrastructure Seminar Series is one in a series of presentations on cyberinfrastructure and related research organized by NCSA and SDSC. These seminars are available on site at the presenting institution, remotely via the Access Grid or via webcast.

The live webcast can be watched (RealPlayer is required) at

For more details regarding the AG venue for this seminar, please refer to:

All Access Grid sites are welcome to participate in this seminar. If you have any AG questions, contact Jennie File (, NCSA Training & Outreach Group.