Building Knowledge through Improved Information Sharing
A common challenge in today’s world lies not in the ability to generate information, but in the ability to disseminate that information in a timely, efficient, and intelligent manner. The Consortium for Internet Imaging and Database Systems (CIIDS) facilitates information sharing by designing and hosting database applications for both educational and commercial clients.
Created by the University of Georgia, CIIDS was originally designed to support the Distance Diagnostics through Digital Imaging (DDDI) application. The DDDI application aids universities and commercial agriculture clients in submitting, diagnosing and distributing findings and treatment recommendations relating to plant diseases, infestations and other agricultural problems. Following the success of this initial program, demand for creating flexible, responsive, internet accessible database systems became readily apparent. By working hand-in-hand with clients, CIIDS is able to provide customized applications, allowing organizations to solve problems by linking expertise, images and information across the World Wide Web. Current applications developed by CIIDS range from media libraries supporting art history departments to a proposal and grant submission system to an accident reporting management and tracking tool.