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Project Goal
This is a collaborative pilot project to provide discoverability, facilitate access, and connect scholars across the Big Ten Academic Alliance to geospatial data resources. The project supports the creation and aggregation of discovery-focused metadata describing geospatial data resources from participating institutions and makes those resources discoverable via an open source portal. The project also provides the technology project staffing and infrastructure to host the services.

Project Background
Scholars across academia increasingly demand access to geospatial data to facilitate their research. The 2012 CIC CLI conference (Finding Our Way: Collaborative Strategies for Developing Geospatial Services) focused on this demand. A group of Big Ten Academic Alliance geospatial librarians has been working on how to best provide our users access to geospatial data. 

Including the University of Minnesota, ten Big Ten Academic Alliance institutions participate in this project. By collaborating, we can more effectively combine our efforts and expertise for the benefit of the consortium. Participant institutions include: the University of Illinois at Urbana­-Champaign, Indiana University Bloomington, the University of Iowa, the University of Maryland, the University of Michigan, Michigan State University, the University of Minnesota, Pennsylvania State University, Purdue University, and the University of Wisconsin-­Madison.


Project Proposal - February 2015

Project Charter - June 2015