iRODS Consortium welcomes Maastricht University as newest member

Maastricht University, led by the efforts of DataHub Maastricht, which provides data management services to researchers from the university and academic hospital, has joined the iRODS Consortium, the foundation that leads development and support of the integrated Rule-Oriented Data System (iRODS). Maastricht is the fourth organization from the Netherlands to join the consortium, after Utrecht University, the SURF cooperative and the University of Groningen.

iRODS is free open source software for data discovery, workflow automation, secure collaboration, and data virtualization used by research and business organizations around the globe. Easily deployed in an existing infrastructure, iRODS creates a unified namespace and a metadata catalog of all the data and users within the storage environment. With the iRODS rule engine framework, users can completely automate an organization’s data management policy.

“We are excited to have Maastricht University and the DataHub on board,” said Jason Coposky, Executive Director, iRODS Consortium. “They have provided the community new context regarding semantic search and have implemented an impressive new platform.”

DataHub Maastricht is still growing and currently provides data management services to approximately 185 researchers in the Maastricht University Medical Center and the life sciences faculty of Maastricht University. Managing about 115 terabytes, the organization acts as a data broker to enable researchers from multiple disciplines to reuse valuable data from the hospital, the university, and beyond. DataHub works according to the FAIR principles, which specify that data and metadata should be findable, accessible, interoperable and reusable.

“iRODS is a key component in our cross-institutional infrastructure,” said Maarten Coonen, Data Architect at DataHub. “It connects multiple systems in our architecture and provides the storage virtualization, authorization layer and flexible data management policies we need in a dynamic, constantly changing environment like academic research.”

Maastricht University, located in the southern Netherlands city of Maastricht, has 16,300 students and 4,300 employees. It is considered one of the best young universities in the world. Maastricht University Medical Center is a collaboration between the academic hospital Maastricht and the Faculty of Health, Medicine and Life Sciences of Maastricht University.

The iRODS Consortium guides development and support of iRODS, along with providing production-ready iRODS distribution and iRODS professional integration services, training, and support. The consortium is administered by founding member RENCI, a research institute for applications of cyberinfrastructure located at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

In addition to DataHub Maastricht, current members of the iRODS Consortium include Bayer, Cloudian, Dell EMC, Data Direct Networks, IBM, Intel, MSC, the U.S. National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, NetApp, Quantum, RENCI, SURF, the Swedish National Infrastructure for Computing, Texas Advanced Computing Center (TACC), University College London, University of Groningen, Utrecht University, the Wellcome Sanger Institute, and Western Digital.

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The Biomedical Data Translator Consortium announces publication of companion pieces

Prototype ‘Translator’ system shows promise and has garnered much enthusiasm roughly one year into feasibility assessment

The newly formed Biomedical Data Translator Consortium today announced the release of two inaugural publications in Clinical and Translational Science. The first paper, “Toward a Universal Biomedical Data Translator,” describes the efforts of the Consortium to develop a ‘Translator’ system designed to integrate a variety of data sources and translate the data into insights that can drive innovation and accelerate translational research. The second paper, “The Biomedical Data Translator Program: Conception, Culture, and Community,” focuses on the scientific community that has coalesced to support the program and drive research and development of the prototype Translator system.

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New Project Will Advance Virtual Laboratory Infrastructure

A new grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) will fund operation of the Global Environment for Network Innovations (GENI) virtual laboratory for the next two years and support researchers in planning a new infrastructure to replace GENI. The NSF allocated $1.7 million to the effort, called Enabling NeTwork Research and the Evolution of a Next Generation Midscale Research Infrastructure (ENTeR). The project will be jointly led by researchers from the Renaissance Computing Institute (RENCI) of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and their collaborators from the University of Kentucky (UK).

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RENCI Named as Collaborating Institution for $3 Million Cyberinfrastructure Center of Excellence Pilot

Project will create a model for advising NSF’s largest scientific facilities

The National Science Foundation today named the Renaissance Computing Institute (RENCI) of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill as a collaborating institution on a $3 million pilot project to create a model and strategic plan for a Cyberinfrastructure Center of Excellence (CI CoE). The goal of the effort is to establish a reservoir of expertise on best cyberinfrastructure practices for the nation’s largest research facilities.

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Cloudian Joins the iRODS Consortium

HyperStore Enterprise Object Storage Validated with iRODS Platform

Cloudian has joined the iRODS Consortium, the foundation that leads development and support of the integrated Rule-Oriented Data System (iRODS). Testing for HyperStore enterprise object storage with iRODS is complete, and users may now deploy the combined solution where local workflows require cost-effective, exabyte-scalable storage and ease of integration.

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Texas Advanced Computing Center Joins the iRODS Consortium

The Texas Advanced Computing Center (TACC), a supercomputing center that provides scientists with some of the world’s most powerful computing resources to enable discoveries, is the latest organization to join the iRODS Consortium.

TACC, based at The University of Texas at Austin, designs, deploys, and operates a wide range of high performance computing systems used by thousands of scientists each year to study problems in biology, medicine, environmental sciences, nanomaterials, astrophysics, and much more.  

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RENCI to Lead Two $1 Million Grants to Support Data-Intensive Scientific Research

Projects aim to improve scientific productivity and protect data from inadvertent errors

Two new $1 million awards from the National Science Foundation aim to help researchers take advantage of the latest advances in data science, networking and computation while protecting the integrity of their scientific work. The Renaissance Computing Institute (RENCI) of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill will serve as lead institution on both projects.  Read more

South Big Data Hub partners on development of new nationwide data storage network under NSF grant

The Open Storage Network will enable researchers to manage data more efficiently than ever before.

The South Big Data Hub is one of four regional big data hub partners awarded a $1.8 million grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) for the initial development of a data storage network over the next two years. A collaborative team will combine their expertise, facilities, and research challenges to develop the Open Storage Network (OSN). The OSN will enable academic researchers across the nation to work with and share their data more efficiently than ever before, according to the NSF announcement.  Read more

What to expect at the 2018 iRODS User Group Meeting

Interested in iRODS? Register for the meeting at  irods.org/ugm2018

DURHAM, NC – The worldwide iRODS user community will gather here June 5 – 7 for the iRODS User Group Meeting (UGM), three days of learning, sharing of use cases, and discussions of new capabilities that have been added to the integrated Rule Oriented Data System (iRODS) in the last year.  Read more

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Report focuses on rethinking flood analytics

Aerial photo of flooding caused by Hurricane Katrina (2005).

Floods are the most common, most frequent and most costly type of disaster in the United States. A flood-resilient nation uses state-of-the-art analytics and data tools to help reduce or eliminate fatalities, minimize disruptions and reduce economic losses, according to a new report co-authored by the Coastal Resilience Center of Excellence (CRC).  Read more

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