Volunteer Ingrith Martinez and intern Amy
Ambruster working at the visitor-access computers in the new Computer
Information Center; photo by Nancy Deyrup.
System Administrator: Jeffrey C. Boutet (1997), Christopher C.
Computer Information Center
The Computer Information Center is a new,
and valuable resource that integrates and promotes Internet, Intranet, and Local and Wide
Area Networking technologies into Archbold Biological Station activities. The National
Science Foundation's Field Station and Marine Laboratory Program funded the hardware and
software necessary for networking and the physical renovation of attic space to house the
facility. The project began in October 1997 and was completed in May 1998.
facility, located in a converted attic the Main Building above Archbold's
Library, includes the System Administrator's office, a reading room, conference room,
server room, storage room, and computer lab with Internet and network access for visiting
scientists. Computing services are predominantly PC/Windows based, with all of the servers
and most of the workstations running Windows NT 4.0. In an effort to meet the needs of
visiting researchers, broader support for other platforms is currently in the planning
stages. The Archbold Station LAN connects 55 computers and serves 65 users. At the core is
a Fast Ethernet fiber backbone connecting hubs that service the labs and administrative
offices. Three primary servers provide various services to the Archbold community such as
a) connectivity to the Internet, web services, remote access services, b) e-mail and
Intranet services, and c) primary data storage and backup services. Internet connectivity
is supplied by a T1 line. Supplementary servers provide specialized functions in the GIS
and Accounting areas. A single segment LAN at the MacArthur Agro-ecology Research Center
(MAERC) is connected with the Station's Science LAN by frame-relay over a dedicated 56K
line. An on-site server provides data storage and backup services for the MAERC
researchers and staff. There are remote users at two regional research facilities,
Riverwoods Lab and Avon Park Air Force Range, and several scientists use the dial-up
remote access services.
management at the Station and the Ranch is in its early stages, with projects for
providing broad community access to weather and research collections datasets still in the
development phase. A data acquisition and access policy is being prepared, and catalogs of
legacy and present Station data sets are being compiled. Metadata standards and policies
are being developed to help ensure the value of Archbolds long term data for years
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