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, 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.