The Karst Information Portal (KIP) is an international karst information facility launched in August 2007 by the four organisations below. Rationale:
"The karst research community and its knowledge base are fragmented, globally distributed, and highly interdisciplinary. As karst issues move to the forefront of attempts to develop solutions in response to significant human environmental degradation, information integration and linkages promoting collaboration and connectivity among researchers is essential.
The Karst Information Portal is an open-access digital library linking scientists, managers, and explorers to quality information resources in order to inform research, to enhance collaboration, and to address policy decisions concerning karst environments."
- KIP website: 'About the project'.
As well as linking to existing web-based karst information, the portal will provide a platform for international collaboration, and will enable information searches which simultaneously span multiple disparate co-operating databases around the world.
"The KIP does not possess, or directly receive or disburse funds. It is financially supported by its member organizations in accordance with the members' prior agreement on the use of contributed funds, services, and/or materials. Any revenue related to the KIP's activities is received by and disbursed to the member organizations in accordance with pre-established agreements by those organizations."
The University of South Florida's Patel Center for Global Solutions was the catalyst for this project, providing generous support on many levels. The Center is committed to facilitating solutions to today's most pressing global problems, e.g. water.
"Solid research cannot take place in any field without easy access to previously discovered information, data, and results. The research area of karst - a type of terrain that forms underground aquifers and therefore is directly related to the provision of water is one such field in which much of the research is difficult to access. The Center is facilitating research in this area by supporting the creation of a web-based portal that will be the first of its kind to make karst information easily available."
- Patel Center website.
UIS and the Informatics Commission have been involved with the project since early 2006, and continue to co-operate closely with KIP.
The KIP website is now in its third stage, and with everybody's co-operation should continue to develop into a most useful karst resource. Individuals and organisations who want to contribute are encouraged to contact the KIP's Manager at USF, Todd Chavez, at email@example.com.[ UISIC Home ] [ Top ]