IVL Support and Partners
The Idaho Virtualization Laboratory was created in 2003 through the efforts of Idaho Senator Mike Crapo and Idaho Congressman Mike Simpson, and funding from the Institute for Museum and Library Services and Department of Education.
In 2008 and 2010, the IVL was awarded two National Science Foundation Awards to create the Virtual Zooarchaeology of the Arctic Project. With our partners the ISU Informatics Research Institute, and the Canadian Museum of Civilization, this ongoing work is placing bones from northern mammals, birds, and fish in a searchable, online database.
Many of the specimens we have scanned over the last few years have been through generous loans from The Smithsonian Institution, the Burke Museum, the Canadian Museum of Civilization, and through partnerships with the Port Townsend Marine Science Center and the Sitka Sound Science Center.
In 2010, the Idaho State Board of Education funded a pilot project to begin plan the Virtual Museum of Idaho, and in 2012, the Hitz Foundation made a generous gift to fund the project.
The Idaho National Laboratory and the Idaho Center for Advanced Energy Studies contributed an IQ-station (Inexpensive Interactive Immersive Interface), which is a virtual reality tool by which researchers can interact with complex datasets in three dimensions. This brought our images fully into the 3D visual environment.
Our most important partner is the Informatics Research Institute at Idaho State University. The IRI provides the database and programming knowledge, and the global cyberinfrastructure specialization, that makes the IVL a success.