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 NSF Ocean Observatories 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.

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