Planet Texas 2050 Research Showcase

Data stewardship is a crucial component of cross-disciplinary research endeavors. In particular, there is a need for greater capacity to host and access very large data sets. The Digital Object LifeCycle (DOLCe) Initiative, a Planet Texas 2050 pilot project, was created to fill this gap.  Anna Dabrowski from the Texas Advanced Computing Center will present on DOLCe, which seeks to develop the necessary infrastructure, mechanisms, and policies to ensure that data is findable, accessible, interoperable, and reusable (FAIR) at the end of the research life cycle. 


One of the projects piloting service capabilities is a research project led by Katy Brown that is focused on identifying potential ecological niches of the bacterium Burkholderia pseudomallei. This soil-dwelling bacterium, which is the causative agent of the serious infectious disease melioidosis, has historically resided solely in the tropics.  However, due to increased temperatures, flooding events, and movements of infected animals, Burkholderia has spread beyond into new environmental niches, including southern Texas. Brown and her collaborators, including geospatial analyst Michael Shensky, have taken existing data about soil, water, weather, land use and melioidosis risk factors to generate geospatial data and maps that can identify ecological niches for B. pseudomallei and related soil organisms. Also, they are creating models and simulations of how climate change events may affect the current and potential future presence of this organism in the environment.

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Tuesday, October 13, 2020 at 12:00pm to 1:00pm

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