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The University of Tennessee, Knoxville

The Science of Data

Suzie Allard, Associate Professor and Associate DirectorCollege of Communication and Information - School of Information Sciences

The foundation of science is data; science is interdisciplinary. However, interdisciplinary research is hindered by the heterogeneity of data. This makes it difficult to merge diverse streams of data and to do meaningful modeling. Solving this problem requires a focus on how scientists use and communicate data throughout the data lifecycle. It also requires a new kind of information professional who can be imbedded in the scientific environment to assist scientists in the data management process. DataONE exemplifies how innovative environmental science can be supported by a sustainable cyber infrastructure that supports open, persistent, robust, and secure access to Earth observational data.​

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