March 2014 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. The MU Cyberinfrastructure (CI) Council was formed in the realization that the University could not achieve its goal of retaining AAU membership without adequate research cyberinfrastructure. MU's existing research support computing resources, purchased through partnerships with research investigators and a FY04 Congressional Earmark, are insufficient. MU's CI Council is comprised of faculty and staff representing each of MU Schools and Colleges. They provide input and guidance on the cyberinfrastructure needed to support the wide variety of research and discovery activities across the University of Missouri. Initial members were identified with input from Research Deans of each school/college in December 2012. The first meeting was held in January 2013, and was followed by a series of biweekly meetings. Currently, the Council meets about once a month and welcomes interested visitors. The input of CI members is critical for planning required strategic investments and ongoing support for cyberinfrastructure, as well as the services and resources provided by the Division of IT's Research Support Computing organization.