January 15-19, 2011
Town & Country Convention Center
San Diego, CA
Martha L Narro1 , Ivan Baxter2 , Brad Boyle3 , Martin Broadley4 , Brian Enquist3 , Matthew Hudson5 , John McKay6 , David Neale7 , John Willis8 , David Salt9
Seed Projects are a new way for iPlant to receive collaboration requests from the community, with the goal of developing Grand Challenge projects in new areas by mid to late 2011. The Seed Project strategy was developed in response to community feedback requesting a streamlined process for engaging with iPlant, though holding Grand Challenge Workshops is still an option. Seed Projects are intended to broaden the community iPlant serves and the cyberinfrastructure (CI) it is building by describing additional plant biology challenges that require computational solutions. The working groups at iPlants 2010 Conference were invited to submit small Seed Projects that included a CI-related deliverable. As a result, iPlant is now collaborating on four Seed Projects: Botanical Geospatial Diversity (Brian Enquist), Plant Adaptation to Environment (John McKay, John Willis), Plant Nutrition (Ivan Baxter, Martin Broadley, Matt Hudson), and Tree Biology (David Neale). In addition, CI support for geospatially-referenced data was a major, common need for advancing plant science research in these areas; therefore, iPlant is forming a community-lead Geographic Information System (GIS) working group to collaborate with iPlant to scope and develop its GIS infrastructure. This poster describes the deliverables the Seed Project groups will create and iPlants preliminary plan for addressing the GIS needs of the plant science community. The CI envisioned and being built by iPlant will help researchers utilize data and models that span scales ranging from molecular and cellular to whole organism to ecosystems, thus enabling understanding of plant biology from DNA to the globe.