Cyberinfrastructure
VI-EPSCoR continues to work with UVI Information Technology Services (ITS) on infrastructure investments to strengthen the university’s environment for research. VI-EPSCoR goals for cyberinfrastructure improvements at UVI include establishing the necessary cyberinfrastructure to support marine and environmental research, policy and decision-making, education, and outreach activities.

Key Accomplishments. VI-EPSCoR and UVI are sharing the costs of new inter-island microwaves between UVI's two campuses. This increases our bandwidth capacity from 12.5 mb to 300 mb.

The new microwave runs with a latency level of one millisecond – the old microwave was 80 milliseconds, so this represents a remarkable improvement in speed and bandwidth (August 2010). Our investments have led to increased capacity to conduct and share research with Internet2 institutions as well as four times the storage capacity that was previously available. The data storage is more secure with built-in redundancies and data is backed up nightly. System reliability has improved from 85% to 99.9%.

Goal: Establish the necessary cyber-infrastructure to support marine and environmental research, policy and decision-making, education, and outreach activities.

The broadband connectivity at UVI is equivalent to that of major research institutions in the continental United States, facilitating the integration of UVI’s faculty and staff into nationwide interdisciplinary research collaborative initiatives.

VI-EPSCoR is creating a Center for Spatial Analysis and Statistics facility to significantly strengthen management of research data and to develop capacity in spatial analysis and applied statistics.

This facility will offer GIS-based courses and consulting services for the USVI and region.

An environmental database and web portal will also be developed to allow users to access and query long-term environmental data, including land-use and coastal development patterns, rainfall, sedimentation, marine water quality, coral cover, fish assemblage structure, and other similar data.