A Global Forest Information System is a project that can increase the capacity of rainforest nations to estimate and monitor deforestation by making essential data and models easily available. The key objective is to enable cooperation and participation from the various actors involved, notably scientists, policy makers, and common citizens. Content as distinct as satellite images, spatial data infrastructures, geobrowsers, research data, laws and policies, and citizen-provided information can be indexed, searched, discovered and used by all interested parties.
The project Understanding Big-Data for Online Education studies the impact of big data in course design and students' learning experiences. The project will inform instructional designers on how to collect and adapt feedback from multiple users in redesigning courses. It will also enable the design of individualized learning experiences for students.