The DFC infrastructure enables collaboration environments for multi-disciplinary science and engineering initiatives. Within each initiative, data management infrastructure organizes data into sharable collections. The collections are organized into national data infrastructure through federation of the independent data grids. Collaborations are sustained through a community-based collection life cycle for science and engineering data.


Data are shared through federation of data infrastructure across the UCSD Science Observatory Initiative, Hydrology research collaborations, CIBER-U engineering design education digital library, the iPlant collaborative data grid, the Odum Institute for Social Science Research, and the NSF Science of Learning Centers data grid. The federation extends to international efforts through the EUDAT European Union data infrastructure.

DFC News

The DataNet Federation Consortium team happily welcomes back Reagan Moore to Chapel Hill and to his role as Principal Investigator of the DFC project. Since dealing with a serious heart problem last summer and fall, Reagan has been successfully navigating the road to recovery. He is now back to working reduced hours at UNC and RENCI as he continues to gain strength and stamina. As someone who is passionate about his research and teaching, getting back to work has had its own therapeutic value for Reagan. Once his doctor gives the green light, we expect him to return to the job full time. This semester Reagan is teaching his Building a Personal Digital Library course in UNC’s School of Information and Library Science and reassuming his leadership role in the DFC. Welcome Back Reagan!