The Montana Institute on Ecosystems (IoE) is a Montana community of scholars and partners with a shared vision to advance integrated environmental sciences and related fields. Drawing on the extraordinary landscapes of Montana and beyond, the IoE strives to understand complex ecosystems including the interconnectedness of people and nature. Currently, over 260,000 publicly readable data objects are discoverable via DataONE, and as DataONE’s 22nd Member Node, the IoE brings regional data on microbial communities, ecohydrology, paleoecology, vegetation and disturbance regimes, and ecosystem vulnerability to climate change to the federation.
Through participation as a DataONE Member Node, the IoE aims to simplify the task of archiving, publishing, and sharing findings generated by Montana researchers with peers in the international scientific community. While the IoE is relatively “young”, the types of data it collects and its regional approaches to partnerships are vitally important to long-range studies of ecological impacts of environmental change. Participation in DataONE significantly leverages the impact of these partnerships.
About DataONE: DataONE enables universal access to data and also facilitates researchers in fulfilling their need for data management and in providing secure and permanent access to their data. DataONE offers the scientific community a suite of tools and training materials that cover all aspects of the data life cycle from data collection, to management, analysis and publication.
About IoE: The IoE is the flagship program of the current Montana NSF EPSCoR RII Track-1 award. It is a first-of-its-kind experiment for Montana to build a state-wide institute on ecosystem sciences. The vision is the creation of an institute that is accessible and promotes inclusion to all institutions of higher education within the state, state agencies, NGOs, and private industry with interests in ecosystem sciences. Its role is to serve as a research and education portal on ecosystem sciences to the citizens of Montana and the nation in general.