Start Date: Mar 01, 2012
End Date: Dec 31, 2014
Establish a pilot in which a group of active players in the generation of global datasets combine their strengths to collaborate in the production of global data focusing on land use, irrigation and climate. The pilot consists of six different nodes, three global and three regional focusing on Asia, Africa, and Latin America. The Geoshare data base resulting from the pilot product will be presented in a capstone conference and donors’ meeting. The initiative will be hosted by Purdue University, through the HubZero technology originally developed with NSF funding to support collaborative research in the field of Nano-technology. HubZero is a collaborative environment with web interface that allows sharing data analysis and modeling tools. This initiative has great potential to overcome some of the most serious constraints to effective utilization of geo-spatial information in developing countries. Efforts will be made to coordinate this project with AgMIP PI's (Jerry Hatfield, Cynthia Rosenzweig, John Antle, Jim Jones) to harmonize approaches.