The Informatics Systems Research Division (ISRD), part of ISI, pursues a broad research agenda focused on creating new types of sociotechnical systems that enable and accelerate discovery in domains of high societal impact. Launched in 2008, the division takes a holistic, systems oriented approach, working in areas from basic network services architectures, data management abstractions, computer security, user interfaces, human factors, and domain specific algorithms. The division specializes in highly collaborative user driven research, in which we evaluate our research in the context of operational, high-impact domain science.

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Our Impact

For the past decade we've been working with biomedical consortiums and projects to help them solve the problem of sharing huge amounts of data (such as large numbers of extremely high resolution MRIs) while still adhering to strict security policies (for hospitals, human studies, etc). With our extensive background in grid computing, we are developing systems to solve these problems and enable discoveries for biomedical research spanning kidney, craniofacial, G protein receptors (important in the advancement of medical pharmacology) and beyond.

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What We Do

Our division helped develop grid computing and since 2008 has focused on systems to manage one of the biggest issues in science today: Big Data. In particular, how to handle the sheer amounts of data generated by cutting edge biomedical domains. To that end, we have developed a suite of tools for a Digital Asset Management System for eScience - the DERIVA platform.

DERIVA helps manage these key areas of today's scientific data:

  • Acquisition and characterization of diverse scientific assets
  • Model-driven organization and discovery of assets
  • Storage and retrieval of eScience data assets
  • Aggregation and exchange of data collections
  • Rights management/access control

Learn more about DERIVA here.