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UMESC Information Technology Resources

  • The Center could not carry out its science mission without adequate information resources. This room is the nerve center for those resources. Along this rack of monitors,Information Technology Resources Jenny is checking to ensure that the local area network connecting the two campuses is running smoothly. She is also monitoring the servers that run the Center's email program-Lotus Notes. Along this wall, Internet routers-with their spaghetti-like configuration of wires, direct Internet traffic into and out of the Center. These gray boxes are the Center's newest computing resources. The Center servers do the heavy lifting when it comes to storing data, serving complex Geographic Information System software, and managing the Center's public web site. Although much smaller in size, these units are many times more powerful than the units they replaced and they dwarf the computing power of the Center's original mainframe computer considered state-of-the-art just over 10 years ago.

  • As was just mentioned, this room houses the Center's public web and intranet serves. The public web server provides access to over 19,000 files including aerial photos, GIS data, publications, sediment and contaminant data, and downloadable analytical tools. The UMESC intranet serves the important function as the Center's electronic commons where employees can view compliance documents, read weekly highlights, download forms, and input data into an activity database.

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