UNCW Part of Collaborative Scientific Network Data Management Program

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

iPlant Collaborative, the National Science Foundation’s premier data management platform for the life sciences, has rebranded and is now known as CyVerse.

The University of North Carolina Wilmington is one of four institutions that serve as an official partner site for CyVerse. The others are the University of Arizona, Texas Advanced Computing Center and Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory.

The rebrand emphasizes the project’s capacity to provide data management services beyond plant sciences and across scientific disciplines. CyVerse aims to push boundaries continually and challenge the “convention” in conventional ways of doing science. 

Ann Stapleton, UNCW associate professor of biology and marine biology, along with several other university and UNC system colleagues, began working in cyberinfrastructure development in 2001. Funded by the state, they developed Gridnexus, data analysis management software with a focus on teaching use.

Stapleton touts the student benefits of integration of computational infrastructure into instruction. UNCW CyVerse students have gone on to highly rated graduate programs such as the NSF-funded Integrative Graduate Education and Research Traineeship Program (IGERT) in Computational BioEngineering at Tulane and the top-rated statistic graduate program at Purdue University. CyVerse students have also gone on to secure employment at NASA, doing statistical consulting for Fortune 500 companies and managing the Bureau of Labor Statistics Research and Analysis team for the state of Virginia.

“More than a dozen UNCW undergraduate and graduate students from math, computer science, statistics and biology have or are currently working with the CyVerse UNCW VALIDATE team,” says Stapleton. “We build software tools that allow scientists to verify that their data analysis methods work. Our VALIDATE apps allow scientists to determine the best methods for analyzing data, and allow data scientists and statisticians to incorporate, test and disseminate new methods quickly and easily.”

More on CyVerse and the rebrand can be found at

-- Caroline Cropp