HydroShare extends the reach of breakthrough National Water Model


The National Water Model will help to mitigate disasters such as the recent flooding in Louisiana shown here. HydroShare and iRODS are helping to bring the model to a wider community of scientists and practitioners.

The national water science community has been abuzz since August, when the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) launched its new high resolution National Water Model (NWM), a system that simulates the flow of rivers and streams throughout the continental United States in more detail than ever before possible. Read more

iRODS Consortium welcomes Bayer as the latest global enterprise member of the consortium

bayer_logo2CHAPEL HILL, NC – The iRODS Consortium welcomes Bayer, a global life science company with core competencies in the fields of health care and agriculture, as the latest consortium member. Read more

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iRODS developers and consortium members plan busy week at SC16


Need to Take Control of Your Data? Visit iRODS in Booth 3628

SALT LAKE CITY, UTAH – Attendees of SC16 who are interested in open source data management will have plenty of opportunities to learn about the integrated Rule-Oriented Data System (iRODS) and the new iRODS 4.2, which will be released just in time for the conference.

iRODS, is free open source software for data discovery, workflow automation, secure collaboration, and data virtualization. A team of software engineers based at the Renaissance Computing Institute (RENCI) at UNC-Chapel Hill develop iRODS and the software is sustained by the iRODS Consortium, a membership-based organization with 15 active members in the U.S. and Europe. SC16 attendees can visit the RENCI booth on the SC show floor (#3628) during regular exhibit hours to learn about what’s new in iRODS 4.2, hear case studies, and see demonstrations from iRODS developers and Consortium members. Free iRODS t-shirts will be available to conference participants who attend a presentation in the booth. Read more

Profile of a Data Science Pioneer, Dr. Reagan Moore

As he approaches retirement, Reagan Moore reflects on SRB, iRODS, and the ongoing challenge of helping scientists manage their data.

In 1994, Reagan Moore managed the production computing systems at the San Diego Supercomputer Center (SDSC), a job that entailed running and maintaining huge Cray computing systems as well as networking, archival storage, security, job scheduling, and visualization systems. Read more

Research made easier

The CyVerse discovery environment handles the technology of collaborative research so researchers can focus on the science.

Nirav Merchant, the principal investigator for the CyVerse project at the University of Arizona, talks about the CyVerse Discovery Environment at the iRODS User Group meeting, held June 8 and 9 in Chapel Hill, NC.

Nirav Merchant, the principal investigator for the CyVerse project at the University of Arizona, talks about the CyVerse Discovery Environment at the iRODS User Group meeting, held June 8 and 9 in Chapel Hill, NC.

When experts involved in large collaborative research projects combine their expertise, their tools and technologies, and their knowledge about scientific research communities, the results can benefit all of science.

A case in point: The DataNet Federation Consortium (DFC), a National Science Foundation-funded effort to develop data management infrastructure to support collaborative multidisciplinary research, brought together nine scientific and technological research teams across the U.S. to prototype cyberinfrastructure that serves data-driven collaborative science.   Read more

iRODS Consortium welcomes prestigious European university as newest member

CHAPEL HILL, NC – Utrecht University, one of the largest general research universities in Europe located in Utrecht, the Netherlands, is the 17th organization to join the iRODS Consortium, the membership-based foundation that leads development and support of the integrated Rule-Oriented Data System (iRODS).

Utrecht University is an international research university and the alma mater of many leading academics and scientists. With almost 30,000 students, more than 6,000 staff, and a 2016 annual budget of €790 million, it ranks as one of the largest and highest ranked European universities. The prestigious Academic Ranking of World Universities, issued annually by the University of Shanghai, has named Utrecht the best Dutch university every year since its first published rankings in 2003.

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South Big Data Hub links talented students with tech startups through new program

DataStart provides real-world experiences for students while helping entrepreneurial companies

Graduate students from six universities in the southern U.S. will spend the summer working on data challenges important to the success of new and growing technology companies thanks to a program called the Southern Startup Internship Program in Data Science (DataStart).

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iRODS Chief Technologist named interim head of iRODS Consortium

Coposky, JasonCHAPEL HILL, NC – The iRODS Consortium announced today that Jason Coposky, Chief Technologist for the consortium for the past two years, has been named Interim Executive Director.

In that role, he will lead efforts to implement iRODS software development strategies, build and nurture relationships with existing and potential consortium members, and serve as the chief spokesperson on iRODS development and strategies to the worldwide iRODS community. He replaces Dan Bedard who left the position at the end of April.

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RENCI collaborates with UNC medical researchers on system for using genomic data to improve health outcomes

In genomics and other medical fields, researchers are now able to capture and store large amounts of data from electronic medical records (EMRs). But while capturing massive amounts of medical data is becoming common, figuring out how to analyze, interpret and use it in ways that benefit the health of patients remains challenging.

To meet the needs of researchers and clinicians eager to translate data into better health outcomes, researchers at RENCI and the University of North Carolina School of Medicine developed a prototype Genomic Clinical Decision Support System (CDSS). The framework so far has been used in genomic research projects, such as NCGENES, a project led by the UNC genetics department to evaluate the use of whole exome sequencing as a diagnostic tool in clinical settings. However, the developers of the CDSS have conceptualized it to be used in other data-intensive medical fields, such as medical imaging. It is designed to provide clinicians with a dynamic visual snapshot of the genomic data most relevant to an individual patient and to capture, store, and curate more comprehensive genomic data so it can be easily accessed and used in future research and clinical practices.

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HydroShare empowers water science research with new capabilities

HydroShare, an online collaborative environment to support analysis, modeling, and data publication related to water science research, continues to expand the options and features it provides to hydrologists and the larger water science research community.

Launched in 2012, the effort to build HydroShare as an open source water science research and discovery environment means that researchers can now share data and models with colleagues nationwide. They can also access, visualize, and manipulate a broad set of hydrologic data types and models, and connect with data and models published by others.

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