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Canarie Updates on Investment in Research Software Tools

June 29, 2014

Canarie reported a further $2.4M in investment in eight new Software Platforms and Services.

Canarie noted in a release that these new projects enable Canadian scientists to analyze, visualize and share immense volumes of research data, transforming data into knowledge and insight that contribute to Canada's economic and social development.

Canarie said its Research Software Program invests in and supports two types of projects:

-Research Platforms are software for research within a specific discipline

-Research Services are software components that perform specific data management functions (i.e. storage, visualization, transfer, retrieval, etc.) that could benefit any research platform, regardless of discipline

The Platforms will re-use 9 Services from previous rounds of investments and contribute 27 new Services to this pool of resources.

In total, Canarie is funding the development of 60 research services and 12 research platforms over the course of its current mandate.

Canarie announced the following new Platforms and Services, in diverse disciplines ranging from sustainable buildings and smart structures, to immunogenetics, arctic environmental studies and e- learning.

New Research Platforms:

-iReceptor; led by Dr. Felix Breden, The IRMACS Centre, Simon Fraser University - A platform to integrate immune receptor gene sequences across a number of international research centres.

-Research Platform for Smart Facilities Management (RP-SMARF); led by Professor Shikharesh Majumdar, Carleton University - A cloud- based platform that allows widely-dispersed researchers to share scattered data analysis tools, databases and expertise toward building smart facilities in the increasingly interconnected smart cities of the future.

-VidEo: Annotation Processing System (VESTA); led by Andre Lapointe and Tom Landry, Centre de recherche informatique de Montreal (CRIM) - An integrated set of software tools for the analysis and annotation of audio and video recordings used to advance e-learning initiatives in the educational studies research community.

-ArcticConnect; led by Professor Maribeth Murray and Professor Steve Liang, University of Calgary - A platform to consolidate environmental information from multiple sources (including sensors, field experiments, satellites and citizen observation) in the Arctic and subarctic, to link efforts among indigenous people, the research community, the private sector and government agencies, improving the management of a changing Arctic.

-Green 2.0; Led by Professor Tamer El-Diraby, University of Toronto - A platform enabling researchers to study water and energy optimization in green buildings, through the collection and analysis of large volumes of data collected by sensors, social media and scientific experiments.

New Research Services:

-Generic 3D Web-Viewer Service (BrainBrowser); Led by Dr. Alan Evans, Montreal Neurological Institute, McGill University - A service that leverages the CBRAIN platform, funded by Canarie in its previous mandate, to provide the Canadian research community with a browser-based 3D web viewer service for the visualization of local or remote data.

-ExPLORE Complex Oceanographic Data; Led by Reyna Jenkyns, Ocean Networks Canada - A service to significantly extend the interoperability and exchange of multi-dimensional and mobile marine data for use by a multidisciplinary community of scientists, the public, government and non-governmental agencies.

-Active Folders; Led by Dr. Paul Lu, Department of Computer Science, University of Alberta - A new service for high-speed, easy data transfer between high-performance computing (HPC) and cloud data centres, and researchers' own servers and devices.

"Canada is a world leader in the development of reusable research software services that are used in multiple research domains, accelerating knowledge creation," said Mark Wolff, Canarie's Chief Technology Officer. "The CANARIE Research Software Program responds to the community's need for a robust set of software tools that are the foundation for Canadian leadership in digital discovery."

Canarie designs and delivers digital infrastructure, and drives its adoption for Canada's research, education and innovation communities.

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