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.
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.