Start Date: Oct 01, 2012
End Date: Dec 31, 2014
To satisfy the needs for globally consistent information on agriculture and resource use, ARS will provide a grant to Purdue University to conduct a pilot cyber-infrastructure that coordinates the work of the most prominent data producers in the world in order to achieve interoperability of the datasets as well as long run sustainability. GEOSHARE has a nodal structure which is easily expandable as additional policy needs are identified and new research groups come forward to meet these needs (e.g., a node for assembling data on land tenure is envisioned at the World Bank in the future). To demonstrate the viability of this concept, we propose a pilot project in which a group of active players in the generation of global datasets combine their strengths to collaborate in the production of data described in more detail below.