Cornell Lab of Ornithology
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The Cornell Lab of Ornithology Information Science Department is divided into five working groups.

Network security and systems administration
This group manages the Lab of Ornithology's Cisco PIX firewalls, the EMC Clariion networked storage system, and application and development servers. Our group works the Labsely with Cornell Information Science and the Network Operations Center to ensure uptime and reliable delivery of all of the Lab's Internet services. We make certain that our network is secure and that reliable backups of desktop computers are maintained. Much of the Lab's hardware (web and application servers, and storage) is housed at Cornell University's network operating center, with low-level system management support from Cornell Information Technology.

Application Development
This group develops all functionality of the Lab's Internet enterprise. Most applications are developed in Java and deployed in an IBM WebSphere Application Server environment. ESRI GIS technologies (ArcSDE, ArcIMS) play an important role in applications. Other technologies such as XML, Zope, Plone, and Python are in use for specific projects.

Database Administration
This group manages all of the Labs database needs. From membership and recruitment, to maintaining one of the largest time-series environmental databases in existence, our database administrators ensure that information is accessible, secure, and fully archived. The database administrators also fill a data administration role so that enterprise data is organized to serve the whole Lab with maximum efficiency and minimum redundancy. This makes cooperating with federated data initiatives easier too.

Web Presentation
The primary focus of this group is to present content and applications to a broad group of users over the Internet. Web designers insure that a constant look and feel, navigation, and architecture are in place across all of the Lab's web pages. In particular they focus on the usability of all of the Lab's interactive web applications. A content management system (FatWire Update Engine) is in use, and allows project personnel to manage and maintain content for their individual web sites.

Desktop Computer Management
This group maintains the several hundred desktop and laptop computers used by staff. They ensure that antivirus protection is in place and functioning, maintain software licenses, install all necessary software, and maintain network connectivity.