Informatics Awarded $1.7 million
The National Science Foundation has awarded a KU Biodiversity Informatics research team a $1.7 million grant. Funding for the proposal, "Collaborative Biodiversity Collections Computing," will allow Jim Beach, Informatics director, and Informatics staff to continue to elaborate and support biodiversity data management software for the processing, analysis and publication of the information associated with biological specimens. The grant also will allow them to provide Specify software and helpdesk support for museums and integrate their research with broader computational initiatives in environmental biology. Specify is a software environment used in over 300 biological collections worldwide to manage the information associated with biological specimens. For more information on the Specify Software Project, visit the project web site.