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Vhub: a knowledge management system to facilitate online collaborative volcano modeling and research

Jose L Palma12*, Leah Courtland35, Sylvain Charbonnier3, Riccardo Tortini4 and Greg A Valentine2

Author Affiliations

1 Departamento de Ciencias de la Tierra, Universidad de Concepción, Victor Lamas 1290, Concepción, Chile

2 Department of Geology and Center for Geohazards Studies, 411 Cooke Hall, University at Buffalo, Buffalo, NY 14260, USA

3 Department of Geology, University of South Florida, 4202 E. Fowler Avenue, Tampa, FL 33620-8100, USA

4 Geological and Mining Engineering and Sciences, 630 Dow Environmental Sciences, Michigan Technological University, 1400 Townsend Drive, Houghton, MI 49931, USA

5 School of Earth & Environmental Sciences, Georgia Institute of Technology, 311 Ferst Drive, Atlanta, GA 30332-0340, USA

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Journal of Applied Volcanology 2014, 3:2  doi:10.1186/2191-5040-3-2

Published: 14 February 2014


Knowledge of volcanic systems and the hazards they produce is rapidly advancing as internet resources become more readily accessible, new and more sensitive field techniques are developed, and ever greater amounts of data are collected. Such rapid advances drive the need for an online collaborative knowledge management system that enables the sharing of volcanological information, and modeling and analysis tools. Vhub (http://vhub.org webcite) is a community cyberinfrastructure platform designed for collaboration in volcanology research, education, outreach, and discovery that complements existing volcano databases and other cyberinfrastructure projects. Vhub is unique in its functionality as a nucleus for the creation of collaborative groups focused on issues such as code development, field research, education, and hazard mitigation. In addition, Vhub serves as a clearinghouse and virtual platform for computational tools relating to volcanic processes and data analysis, as well as documentation to aid in the use and understanding of these tools. By providing a means for scientists to easily disseminate data, models, and ideas, Vhub aims to promote collaboration amongst scientists and to provide resources for science education while advancing the state of understanding of volcanoes and the hazards they produce. This paper introduces the Vhub cyberinfrastructure and provides an overview of select hub features and resources.

Volcanology; Cyberinfrastructure; Knowledge management; Volcano modeling; Volcanic hazards