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About

The University of Minnesota Informatics Institute (UMII) was founded on January 6, 2014 with funding from the University of Minnesota (Central Administration) and MnDRIVE. UMII is an institute in the Office of the Vice President for Research. In November 2015, UMII was organized under Research Computing, which provides an umbrella for UMII, the Minnesota Supercomputing Institute, and U Spatial. UMII is responsive to the needs of the University community and shaped by the University community in partnership with public and private organizations.

Mission

The University of Minnesota Informatics Institute (UMII) fosters and accelerates data-intensive research across the University system in agriculture, arts, design, engineering, environment, health, humanities, and social sciences through informatics services, competitive grants, and consultation. UMII serves as the link to connect the research community to the services related to managing data across the data life cycle.

Vision

UMII fulfills its vision as a system-wide institute by:

  • listening to the research community to identify and provide solutions for informatics needs across the data life cycle
  • delivering seamless informatics services across the University system through linking existing services and developing new services
  • enhancing the University of Minnesota's competitiveness in data-intensive research across all disciplines and meeting MnDRIVE relative informatics needs through services and seed funding
  • advancing data analytics and data-intensive research through competitive research funding opportunities
  • partnering with industry to harness the power of big data for economic growth and development
  • exploring the impact of data-intensive decision making on the human experience
  • meeting the educational needs of the informatics economy