Clemson University Institute for Parks

Connecting

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The OPN serves the global parks community by providing information, tools, and solutions to support the stewardship of the natural and cultural assets of protected areas. Designed by a collaborative team at Clemson University to connect the greater parks and protected areas communities, with data through the power of cyberinfrastructure in order to leverage knowledge and resources more effectively for stewardship of natural and cultural assets worldwide

Mission

Serve the global parks community by providing the information, tools, and solutions to support the stewardship of natural and cultural assets of protected areas. 

Our Goals

  • Improve access to information across nations and cultures through technological innovation 
  • Eliminate park/geographic isolation and facilitate effective management of protected areas and biodiversity conservation through strategic partnerships and information sharing
  • Connect people to parks and conservation initiatives to promote research and education

Our Partners

In 2008, we entered into a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the U.S. National Park Service and secured a National Leadership grant through the Institute of Museum and Library Services, which was matched by Clemson University for a total of $1.5 million. The purpose of the MOU and funding was to digitize 3 million pages of bound materials and over 200,000 archival items from the U.S. National Park Service and South Carolina, Georgia and North Carolina state parks.

Link to the NPS repository here.

In 2012, we signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the World Bank Global Tiger Initiative and began the work to provide a common platform for all 'Tiger Range Nations' in their effort to double the world’s wild tiger population.

https://openparksnetwork.org/

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