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October 11, 2001

SIS center gets $1.1 million state grant renewal

The Visual Information Systems Center (VISC) at Pitt's School of Information Sciences has received a $1.1 million renewal grant from the state.

VISC investigates issues related to the design, implementation and application of computer-based systems where the acquisition, storage, processing and communication of visual information are of particular importance.

The grant was awarded to VISC to continue its work on the Pennsylvania Technology Infrastructure Database (PTID) and the Pennsylvania Technology Atlas (PTA).

According to Ken Sochats, director of VISC, the Pennsylvania Technology Infrastructure Database is an annual comprehensive survey effort to document and evaluate the state of information technology of more than 29,000 Pennsylvania organizations, including all schools, libraries, hospitals, municipalities, utilities, research organizations and high-tech companies. The information is available on the web site:

The Pennsylvania Technology Atlas is an annual summary and analysis of that data provided on CD with an accompanying magazine, Sochats said. PTA is produced through a partnership of VISC and research teams at Edinboro University, Indiana University of Pennsylvania, Millersville University, the Business Technology Center at West Chester University and Wilkes University.

VISC receives its renewable grant through its Cooperative Research and Development Agreement with the commonwealth. The agreement also funds PTID, PTA and six other projects.

Filed under: Feature,Volume 34 Issue 4

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