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Universities Collaborate on Improved Life Sciences Data Transfer

By Indiana University

June 24, 2009

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Information technology leaders from Indiana University (IU) and Germany's Technische Universitat Dresden (TUD) recently announced a collaborative effort to improve the levels of cooperation between scientists and medical researchers in the United States and Europe. The first project the two universities will work on involves developing new approaches to biological data set management and trans-Atlantic data transfer.

"IU and PTI are doing work related to data management that holds significant value both within the state of Indiana and internationally," says PTI executive director Craig Stewart. Other partners in the effort include the Center for Information Services and High Performance Computing (ZIH) at TUD, and Indiana University's Pervasive Technology Institute (PTI) and School of Informatics.

UI technologists are currently visiting Dresden, Germany, to work with ZIH on optimizing trans-Atlantic data transfers, using IU's high performance data storage system, the Data Capacitor. The researchers also are developing new techniques for managing data sets, particularly those from the biological sciences. "Having the ability to quickly access very large data sets across the Atlantic greatly expands the potential for successful international research collaboration and new scientific and medical discoveries," says Data Capacitor project leader Stephen Simms.

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