A Computational- and Storage-Cloud for Integration of Biodiversity Collections

TitleA Computational- and Storage-Cloud for Integration of Biodiversity Collections
Publication TypeConference Paper
Year of Publication2013
AuthorsMatsunaga, Andréa, Thompson Alex, Figueiredo Renato J., Germain-Aubrey Charlotte C., Collins Matthew, Beaman Reed S., MacFadden Bruce J., Riccardi Greg, Soltis Pamela S., Page Lawrence M., and Fortes José A. B.
Conference NameProceedings of the 2013 IEEE 9th International Conference on e-Science
Conference LocationBeijing, China
Keywordsappliances, biocollections infrastructure, biodiversity, cloud computing, data access, data store, digitization, EF-1115210
AbstractA core mission of the Integrated Digitized Biocollections (iDigBio) project is the building and deployment of a cloud computing environment customized to support the digitization workflow and integration of data from all U.S. nonfederal biocollections. iDigBio chose to use cloud computing technologies to deliver a cyberinfrastructure that is flexible, agile, resilient, and scalable to meet the needs of the biodiversity community. In this context, this paper describes the integration of open source cloud middleware, applications, and third party services using standard formats, protocols, and services. In addition, this paper demonstrates the value of the digitized information from collections in a broader scenario involving multiple disciplines.