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INSTITUTE FUNCTIONS

BIBCI has three core, integrated functions underpinning all of its activities:
  • To provide core computing support for bioinformatics;
  • To promote multidisciplinary research activities;
  • To facilitate and promote outreach, educational advancement at all levels, and training.
Core Computing Support

BIBCI develops and maintains computing facilities including databases, computing and analysis software tools, communications and hardware to support the ever-growing computational needs of the participating computational biological science groups. We achieve this goal by coordinating use of the University s substantial existing computing resources at the Storrs and Farmington campuses, that would not otherwise be sharable. BIBCI provides the necessary interface linking the key and specialty computing enterprises at the University of Connecticut: the Booth Engineering Center for Advanced Technologies (BECAT), the University of Connecticut Computer Center (Storrs Campus) and the Health Center Computer Center (Farmington). In particular, BIBCI provides:
  • Task-specific support functions to the University of Connecticut's Institutional Microarray Core, Proteomics and Mass Spectrometry Core, and Center for Biological Imaging Technology (CBIT). The Institute also ensures data interoperability among existing resources through LAN and WAN.
  • Computing power for the affiliated member groups. This is achieved via use of network storage devices that can adequately support storage-intensive work (e.g., image handling) of the member groups.
  • Software installation and maintenance for all commonly usable software systems, including database management systems such as Oracle, Sybase, Informix, Postgres, mySQL, and object oriented databases. Critical resources include mirrored genetic databases such as GenBank, RefSeq, UniGene, LocusLink, dbSNP and dbEST.

Promoting Multidisciplinary Research Activities

BIBCI engages in developing multidisciplinary projects among the member research groups. Through BIBCI, the computational core resources at the University of Connecticut School of Engineering in Storrs and the Health Center in Farmington interact on ongoing collaboration projects, such as the Virtual Cell, microarray data analysis and proteomics data analysis projects. In addition, the Institute facilitates collaboration among other associated multi-disciplinary projects.

BIBCI also sponsors internal workshops and seminars intended to introduce aspects of developmental projects to the University of Connecticut community, thereby enhancing the opportunities for interaction and multi-disciplinary collaboration.

Outreach, Education and Training Activities

BIBCI creates, maintains and redesigns educational resources and training materials associated with the bioinformatics projects thereby making them readily accessible to the member groups through the web. BIBCI involves the graduate students and post-doctoral fellows already working in the participating research laboratories in development of educational and training units that may benefit fellow participants.
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