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The Open Parks Grid at Clemson University. Cyberinfrastructure for Achieving Excellence in Management of Parks and Protected Areas. Overarching Goal of the OPG. To integrate parks and people who use, manage and study them through a far-reaching computing network called the Open Parks Grid.

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The open parks grid at clemson university

The Open Parks Grid at Clemson University

Cyberinfrastructure for Achieving Excellence in Management of Parks and Protected Areas


Overarching goal of the opg
Overarching Goal of the OPG

To integrate parks and people who use, manage and study them through a far-reaching computing network called the Open Parks Grid


Clemson university and parks
Clemson University and Parks

Clemson University has been a leader in park management and education for over 40 years


Parks
Parks

  • in-situ conservation of biological diversity

  • protection of ecosystem services

  • protection of threatened cultural and historic sites

  • centers for education

  • opportunities for recreation

  • economic engines

  • places for enhancing community cohesion and building social capital


Parks1
Parks

National


Parks2
Parks

State


Parks3
Parks

Marine


Parks4
Parks

Cultural and Historical


Parks5
Parks

NGO


Parks6
Parks

Urban


Problem
Problem

  • Parks are highly dispersed geographically

  • Parks tend to function as isolated management units

  • Parks are integral to a healthy environment and society and yet their resources are being degraded

  • Small scale parks, and parks in the developing world do not have necessary training in park management


Problem contd
Problem (contd.)

  • Opportunities for collaboration and solving management problems are not always clear

  • Current research documentation is not coordinated, and leads to inefficient use of resources

  • Research funding for parks is limited


Opportunity
Opportunity

Park Mangers

(National, state, local)

Education and interpretation

Public

Behavioral science

Park administration and policy

Arts and humanities

Cultural and historical science

Biological and ecological science


Opportunity1
Opportunity

Park Mangers

(National, state, local)

Education and interpretation

Public

OPG

Behavioral science

Park administration and policy

Arts and humanities

Cultural and historical science

Biological and ecological science


Hartzog institute and the opg
Hartzog Institute and the OPG

  • The Open Parks Grid will serve as the communication backbone of the George B. Jr. and Helen C. Hartzog Institute for Parks

  • The Institute is a collaborative venture between PRTM, FNR and other partners

  • One of goals being grounded research



Gaps between
Gaps Between:

  • researchers and practitioners;

  • funding entities and protected areas;

  • local parks, national parks, and NGO managed lands;

  • researchers at different institutions and in different departments;

  • cultural and natural resources; and,

  • parks and protected areas and citizens, particularly children.


Purpose
Purpose

The purpose of the OPG is to unite the highly distributed parks community of practitioners, academics (natural and social scientists, arts and humanities researchers), policy-makers, and citizens to


Use scenarios
Use Scenarios

  • Integrated research gaps

  • Park Managers and University Researchers

  • Private protected land owner/manager and larger state or national park manager

  • University Researcher with Research Site

  • Training gaps

  • The Parks and People


Ci and the opg
CI and the OPG

Unlike the Open Science Grid, the OPG consortium members represent far more constituencies than academia and private research; with this diversity of users comes challenging complexity that will advance grid computing generally.


Contributors
Contributors

  • Dr. Brett Wright, Chair, PRTM

  • Dr. Elizabeth Dennis Baldwin, PRTM

  • Dr. Sebastien Goasguen, School of Computing

  • Dr. Rob Baldwin, FNR

  • Dr. Christopher Post FNR

  • Dr. Pat Layton, Chair FNR

  • Fran Mainella, PRTM, Past director of the National Park Service



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