The Powell Center provides the technical tools to share, integrate, and manipulate existing scientific information to generate new insights. Powell Center Working Groups tackle Earth system science issues by combining existing information; we provide onsite and remote expertise to manage, merge, share, and query large data sets. Scientists routinely bring diverse data sets to team meetings requiring advanced computing support. We tailor our support to individual Working Group needs, and try to address issues as close to immediately as possible by highly qualified information technology and informatics staff. Integration and analysis of large, diverse datasets requires extensive knowledge of appropriate software use, data accessibility and storage, and metadata generation. Working Groups include an informatics manager to coordinate data management and technical nuances with Powell Center staff.
Powell Center Technical Capabilities
- remote conferencing abilities;
- wireless internet connection for laptops;
- access to copiers, printers, and plotters;
- onsite data storage (during Working Group meetings);
- on-site data and model processing (dedicated virtual machines, Windows server or Linux/CentOS);
- metadata generation;
- High Performance Computing (HPC).
During the course of their project, Powell Center Working Groups may utilize a suite of USGS-supported online collaboration tools, including:
a private collaboration wiki for informally sharing information, archiving discussions, and organizing ideas;
access to ScienceBase organize, store and provide access to data sets, internet links, models, and other on-line sources of interest.