About the Open Science Data Cloud PIRE Program
The Open Science Data Cloud (OSDC) Partnerships for International Research and Education (PIRE) program is an NSF-sponsored project that provides international research and education experiences through training and study at universities and research institutes around the world with leading scientists in the field of computing. Our goal is to train participants in managing and analyzing large scientific datasets.
Another important goal of this project is to develop a globally distributed cyberinfrastructure for managing large and distributed scientific datasets. Our strategy is to achieve this by splitting the development of the OSDC facility and the education and outreach activities between US and international partner sites. The transformative technology developed by this project is broadly applicable to any scientific project in which the investigator is struggling to manage and analyze the data produced.
The Open Science Data Cloud PIRE team has been helping develop large-scale distributed computing capabilities to provide long-term, persistent storage for scientific data. The team has also been developing state-of-the-art services for integrating, analyzing, sharing and archiving scientific data with partners in the United States, the United Kingdom, Brazil, the Netherlands, Japan, Korea, and China.
This program provides US graduate students and early career scientists with international research and education experiences and increases the virtual international engagement of the US institutions via distributed research collaborations, workshops with transcontinental participation, global web discussions, and focused social networking forums.
OSDC PIRE Major Program Goals
- Use the Open Science Data Cloud to train the next generation of scientists (graduate students and early career researchers) in data science and to sponsor their travel so that they can collaborate on data science research projects with OSDC partners in the United Kingdom, Namibia, the Netherlands, Japan, China, Brazil, and other countries.
- Perform research to improve scientific clouds, including their software stack, the software service they run, and the algorithms that support these services and to use the resulting knowledge to improve the OSDC.
As of summer 2016, this program is formally coming to a close, though it has undoubtedly left a lasting impact on the participants and on scientific cloud architecture. For more information about OSDC PIRE not found in the main menu headings, see the frequently asked questions.