The DICE Center, created in April 2009, is a new campus-wide UNC Center which builds on a 13-year research and development effort out of the DICE Group. The DICE Center is a community of scholars and science and technology experts at UNC coming together to:
- develop an interdisciplinary model for campus data management cyber infrastructure
- collaborate with groups across the UNC system on issues of distributed data management, digital preservation, data intensive computing, digital library systems, and data curation
- sustainable national and international leadership in the creation of new approaches for the integration and federation of data.
The DICE Center provides expertise and software technologies in the areas of large-scale data management for collaborative research, digital archiving, and long-term data preservation. The Integrated Rule-Oriented Data System (iRODS) is open source software developed by the DICE team for managing data grids, and it features an adaptive rule engine for automating institutional data policies in distributed environments. iRODS provides scientists with a secure, scalable system that can support many aspects of research data management. DICE brings experience in data grids and preservation environments in a wide range of fields such as health care, disaster research, and humanities.
Additional information on data grid technology can be found at http://diceresearch.org