|Long Title:||Generalizing B-Fabric towards an Infrastructure for Collaborative Research in Switzerland|
Das Wasserforschungs-Institut des ETH-Bereichs
|Project Leader:||C. Türker|
|B-Fabric software & documentation||The new B-Fabric software extending the previous one by the issues targeted in this project. This web-page also contains the documentation of B-Fabric with all necessary information to run B-Fabric.|
|Project Website||including the Deliverables:
|Demo Material||Miscellaneous demo materials (papers, presentations, demo movies)|
With the implemented generalization of B-Fabric in different directions, this tool is in principle useful for many life sciences research groups that have to manage and archive life sciences data. The following major additions were implemented:
Since April 2011 the new B-Fabric is in productive use at FGCZ with all features developed in this project.
The deployment (and evaluation) of this version at IMSB is scheduled in August 2011.
In principle any research group that wants to manage research projects and data can benefit from B-Fabric
since it covers the central functionality for project and data management. Data can be easily uploaded,
annotated, downloaded, and shared in a controlled way in collaborative projects.
Professors could use B-Fabric to document and archive the research work of their PhD students in a traceable way.
B-Fabric also comes with a number of features that reduces the administrative work, e.g., using the user's data for odering door key at the university administration or the employee's data for managing absences and tracking vacation days of the employees.
Nearly all research groups need such tools to efficiently administer their research projects and the results they produce in these projects (raw data, analysis data etc.). It is indispensable for inter-project analyses as well as collaboration purposes that the results (data) obtained in different projects can be used transparently. B-Fabric offers the basis for these demands. Moreover, its flexibility allows a deployment in a more general setting wherever data annotation is an essential issue, e.g. for general archiving purposes where files can be archived together with their annotations.
We aim at extending and generalizing B-Fabric in collaboration with representative research groups
such that it can serve as a generic data repository and collaboration platform for a broader research
community. This extension and generalization concern the following four aspects:
There are two potential scenarios how B-Fabric could be applied:
In both cases, the research community in Switzerland could benefit from the already six years of work and experience of the FGCZ in managing and sharing scientific data.