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Research Project: The Geospatial Open Source Hosting of Agriculture, Resource and Environmental Data Project (GEOSHARE)

Location: Office of International Research Programs

Project Number: 0210-22310-004-61-T
Project Type: Trust Fund Cooperative Agreement

Start Date: Oct 1, 2012
End Date: Dec 31, 2014

Establish a pilot for an interoperable data system that makes available to the world’s research community an open source, spatially explicit, global data base on agriculture and the environment to advance research on the long run sustainability of the world’s food system.

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.