Science Community Tools
The mission of the Science Community Tools (SCT) directorate of Research Technologies is to provide software tools, collaboration environments, and resources that allow scientific communities and virtual organizations to advance scientific research and scholarship.
SCT provides tools and resources that enable teams of researchers to collaborate and do research with “scientist-friendly” and cutting edge software tools and system environments. These include novel analytical, data management, and virtual collaboration environments. SCT is heavily supported by external funding and its activities center around scientific disciplines that are organized into virtual organizations that are often state wide, national or international in scope. SCT consists of three management groups:
- The Advanced Biomedical Information Technology Core (ABITC), which acts as the gateway for IU School of Medicine and translational researchers to all RT systems and services and provides software applications development, integration, and support for a wide variety of applicaitons including the Indiana CTSI HUB, REDCap, and INResearch.
- The National Center for Genome Analysis Support (NCGAS) which provides bioinformatics expertise, hardened and optimized software applications, and access to large memory systems to support genome science both locally and nationally
- High Throughput Computing (HTC), which provides operational support for grid computing and in particular runs the Grid Operations Center for the Open Science Grid
Within IU, SCT provides particularly valuable and extensive services in support of biological and medical research, especially the Indiana Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute (CTSI), and supporting physics research including analysis of data from the Large Hadron Collider.