Research Cyberinfrastructure Strategic Initiative

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A university-wide effort to expand and update UW–‍Madison’s research Cyberinfrastructure resources

Today’s researchers work within many types of data, collaborate with other institutions, leverage on-campus and public cloud computing resources, and transmit data from remote locations. This requires resources and support that are reliable, available, effective and secure.

In this rapidly changing environment, the existing UW–‍Madison research digital ecosystem requires expansion and updated capabilities. Helping researchers use new modes of computation and visualization will enable the university to stay on the cutting edge and to continue expanding knowledge through future discoveries.

In this context arose the Research Cyberinfrastructure Initiative. The Vice Chancellor for Research and Graduate Education and Chief Information Officer (CIO) are leading an effort to expand and update UW-Madison’s research cyberinfrastructure resources, in collaboration with the Research Technology Advisory Group (RTAG), the Libraries, and other groups on campus.


UW-Madison has components of research cyberinfrastructure in place and we are working on expanding, updating, and integrating to ensure we have capacities and capabilities that will take us into the future.

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  • Baseline storage for research data, including restricted data
  • Increased institutional repository capacity for archiving data and making it open access
  • More enterprise services that can be used with restricted data
  • More cohesive and complete guidance and support for managing data over its lifecycle and meeting funder and regulatory requirements

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  • Proofs of concept with elastic, diverse resources and a variety of cloud providers to determine research suitability
  • Platforms with computing, data, and compliance configurations that can be quickly deployed for a wide variety of data types and research scenarios

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