March 2015 progress report
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Cyberinfrastructure is broadly defined as the human and technological support framework for advanced data acquisition, data storage, data management, data integration, data mining, data visualization, data curation and other computing and information processing services within the research environment. MU's CI Council continued to work diligently throughout 2014 to understand the CI needs of researchers at MU and to assure research CI investments are coordinated, focused, and leveraged where possible. The University of Missouri is becoming a leader in research CI, and is gaining renown for our faculty leadership through the CI Council. MU is one of only a handful of leading universities who have the highest speed (100 gigabits per second) connections to Internet2 - the Internet dedicated to research and education. Advanced Layer 2 Services provide MU researchers scalable and flexible global access to an open exchange network where the most demanding data-intensive investigations can be conducted. MU researchers can build short or long-term Layer 2 circuits between endpoints on the Internet2 Network and beyond. The Advanced Layer 2 Services are described in this publication: Backbone of 21st Century Research. Looking ahead, momentum is building, and increased faculty participation is welcome - particularly in refining MU's CI plan and in communicating the availability of existing resources - at the campus level and beyond.