Overcoming the Law of the Hidden in Cyberinfrastructures

Alexander Bucksch*, Abhiram Das, Hannah Schneider, Nirav Merchant, Joshua S. Weitz

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Cyberinfrastructure projects (CIPs) are complex, integrated systems that require interaction and organization amongst user, developer, hardware, technical infrastructure, and funding resources. Nevertheless, CIP usability, functionality, and growth do not scale with the sum of these resources. Instead, growth and efficient usage of CIPs require access to ‘hidden’ resources. These include technical resources within CIPs as well as social and functional interactions among stakeholders. We identify approaches to overcome resource limitations following the conceptual basis of Liebig's Law of the Minimum. In so doing, we recommend practical steps towards efficient and scaleable resource use, taking the iPlant/CyVerse CIP as an example.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)117-123
Number of pages7
JournalTrends in Plant Science
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 1 Feb 2017
Externally publishedYes


  • computational plant science
  • cyberinfrastructure
  • plant biology
  • plant phenotyping


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