The Network Information System Advisory Committee (NISAC) is a Targeted Standing Committee as established by vote of the Coordinating Committee (CC) at Kellogg in May 2003. NISAC is responsible for planning, promoting, and evaluating Network Information System (NIS) activities. NISAC was established to support development of the NIS for facilitating collaborative and synthetic research efforts and improving the quality of resultant synthetic products and databases.
The committee consists of site PIs, Information Managers, and Network Office personnel to improve coordination of information management and system development with cross-site synthesis work. Subsequently, NISAC has written a strategic plan for the NIS including a mission statement, goals, and strategies that was approved in September 2005 at the VCR CC meeting. Simply stated, the NIS goals are to

  1. Increase data quality through standard approaches
  2. Increase data available for synthetic activities
  3. Increase knowledge discovery through synthesis

NISAC periodically reviews and evaluates the success of planned strategies to accomplish these goals, and helps identify and prioritize critical tasks for NIS development.


The Network Information System Advisory Committee has 5 new members on its roster this spring to replace outgoing members. The new initiates are: Paul Bolstad (CWT), Sven Bohm (KBS), Peter Doran (MCM), Aaron Ellison (HFR), and Cristina Takacs-Vesbach (MCM). The committee now looks forward to its 2013 meeting where progress and plans for the NIS will be reviewed.