Strategies for Open and Permanent Access to Scientific Information in Latin America: Focus on Health and Environmental Information for Sustainable Development

Technology and Infrastructure Support for Large Scale Information
Marcio Faerman

Emerging technologies integrating sensors and high end computing systems is leading to the production of massive amounts of data – the petabyte scale becomes a reality in several disciplines. The capability to produce data in vast quantities and at a very fast pace poses important challenges. They include the management of the enormous volume of data generated, in a reliable and efficient manner. Furthermore, the extraction of meaningful information from raw data files is complex and often requires multi-institutional as well as multi-disciplinary collaborations.

The large scale integration of computing and storage resources across high-speed networks, present data producers and analysts access to a powerful, yet intricate, infrastructure, commonly known as the grid. We will present a survey on the technologies addressing data management issues, including digital libraries and data grid efforts. We will also discuss current infrastructure and e-Science initiatives being developed in Latin America to provide researchers and developers access to large scale scientific information.

  • The Global Alliance for Enhancing Access to and Application of Scientific Data in Developing Countries, of the United Nations Global Alliance for ICT and Development, UN G@ID
  • U.S. National Committee for CODATA
  • Brazilian National Committee for CODATA.
  • CODATA Task Group on Preservation of and Access to Scientific and Technical Data in Developing Countries