Cyberinfrastructure Resources

A-Z Category Index

Digital Humanities
Digital Repositories, Data Storage, and Data Transfer
Digitization Services at MU Libraries
Health Care IT
High Performance Computing
Informatics at the University of Missouri
Information Security, Authorization, and Access
Networking
Survey and Collaboration Tools
Usability
Visualization

Digital Humanities

The Digital Humanities Commons @ The Allen Institute and the Proposed Graduate Certificate in Digital Humanities

The Digital Humanities Commons @ The Allen Institute (DHC) is located in London Hall, on the corner of East Stewart Road and Fifth Street. The DHC offers a dedicated space and technical support for a unique laboratory that assists MU arts and humanities faculty members and senior graduate students with digital research projects. The DHC is a partnership between MU’s School of Information Science & Learning Technologies and Mizzou Advantage. Learn more about the new Graduate Certificate in Digital Humanities, or join the DH Listserv at http://po.missouri.edu/cgi-bin/wa?A0=DIGHUMANITIES-L. For more information, contact Director, Twyla Gibson (gibsontg@missouri.edu) or Associate Director, Anne Barker (barkera@missouri.edu).

Digital Repositories, Data Storage, and Data Transfer

MOspace

MOspace is the institutional repository for MU and UMKC. MOspace is a permanent digital storehouse of research and knowledge, focusing on works created by those connected with the University of Missouri. It is a place where faculty, staff, and students can store their intellectual output and be assured of a permanent URL. MOspace uses DSpace, an open source application developed at MIT. It includes articles, datasets, posters, presentation slides, theses and dissertations, and more. MOspace is a joint initiative of MU Libraries, the Division of Information Technology, and the University of Missouri Library Systems. Learn more at libraryguides.missouri.edu/MOspace and visit MOspace at mospace.umsystem.edu/xmlui.

Kaltura

Kaltura is a feature within Blackboard that allows instructors to manage video and audio within their Blackboard courses. Learn more at etopics.missouri.edu.

General Purpose Research Storage (GPRS)

The Division of IT has purchased more than one Petabyte (PB) of storage to provide General Purpose Research Storage (GPRS). This service offers a sustainable and flexible research data storage environment at minimal cost. Research data storage is available for individual researchers, research projects, or researchers with larger storage needs can invest in half or multiple entire nodes. In addition, storage is available at a reduced charge or no cost for special projects such as promising exploratory research for short periods of time, exemplary research that has little chance of external funding or needs proven results to secure funding, and other special-use cases as determined by MU’s CI Council. Learn more at
doit.missouri.edu/research/general-purpose-research-storage.

Secure TransmIT

Secure TransmIT is a no-charge method for transferring sensitive information in an encrypted “package.” The recipient is alerted via email that a package with log-in instructions is waiting. When s/he successfully opens the package, the file can be transferred from the storage location to the recipient’s computer. Users may transmit up to 100 GB every 30 days. Learn more at doit.missouri.edu/services/data-docs-files/secure-file-transmission.
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Digitization Services at MU Libraries

MU Libraries

MU Libraries offers digitization services for faculty who would like material to be digitized for use in courses or research. Services include scanning books, maps, and images up to 23 x 33 inches and transparencies and negatives. Digital facsimiles will be added to the MU Digital Library at dl.mospace.umsystem.edu/mu/. Some restrictions apply. For more information, contact mulibrariesdig@missouri.edu.
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Health Care IT

MU Institute for Clinical and Translational Science (MU-ICATS)

MU-ICATS encompasses a rich array of resources which are easily accessible to investigators. By organizing these resources into integrated clusters and cores, MU-ICATS has created a highly productive, efficient and collaborative environment for clinical and translational science. MU-ICATS has implemented three systems: REDCap, i2b2 and PowerTrials. The REDCap (Research Electronic Data Capture), created by Vanderbilt University, is a web-based application for building and managing online surveys and research databases. The i2b2 (Informatics for Integrating Biology and the Bedside) is a data warehousing system that enables researchers to use existing clinical data for discovery research. PowerTrials is a complete solution for clinical trial studies including the candidate identification during the patient care process and the management of protocol information, clinical trial initiation and enrollment activities. Learn more at icats.missouri.edu.
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High Performance Computing

High Performance Computing (HPC)

High Performance Computing (HPC) is a system-wide service that provides the advanced computational and data-driven capabilities needed for innovative and collaborative research activities at the University of Missouri. The HPC environment includes a state-of-the-art shared-resource cluster, an experimental cluster, and a number of grant-friendly investor services. A teaching and learning cluster for students is also under development. The HPC shared resource cluster was recently upgraded and currently consists of 40 machines with two Haswell E5-2670 v3 CPU’s with a total of 24 cores running at 2.3 Ghz with between 128G and 256G ram connected to 100TB of high speed network scratch and over 2 Petabytes of storage. In addition thanks to NSF major research instrumentation (MRI) funding, there is an experimental cluster with 20 similar nodes and 10 K20/K40 GPU’s and 16 Intel Phi nodes. These systems are connected with 10Gigabit Ethernet and 40 Gigabit Infiniband fabrics. The system is part of the campus’s Science DMZ with a dedicated Internet2 connection and is connected to the Internet2 AL2S Software Defined Network (SDN) at 100 Gigabit. Two full time system administrators manage the system. . Researchers with additional requirements can increase their capability as Investors. Learn more at  doit.missouri.edu/research/high-performance-computing/.

HPC Training

An ongoing training series for Lewis 3 is held weekly on Wednesdays from 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.: The series covers the basics of the new hardware, how to use the new scheduler, how to use secure shell key-based authentication, and any other questions you may have. Please bring your own laptop. Spring 2016 training locations: March 2nd through May 24th in Room 1 Switzler Hall. For additional information, contact Timothy Middelkoop at middelkoopt@missouri.edu.
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Informatics at the University of Missouri

MU Informatics Institute (MUII)

MU Informatics Institute is a joint research and education program supported by 16 departments in MU’s Colleges of Agriculture, Food & Natural Resources, Arts & Science, Engineering, Education, and Veterinary Medicine plus the Schools of Medicine, Nursing, and Health Professions. The Institute offers a PhD program in two emphasis areas: bioinformatics and health informatics, as well as a concentration area in geoinformatics. Each area stresses the skill sets and research appropriate for the subfield within the broad area of informatics. MUII’s mission has three components: education, research, and outreach. To have a global impact in advancing computational research in biology, medicine, and geospatial science, the stakeholders across the UM System believed it was critical to the university’s missions to offer a doctoral program in informatics, build an international-level research program, and provide service to scientific communities for informatics needs. In addition, MUII continues to innovate, fostering a Big Data ecosystem environment in order to develop state-of-the-art biomedical informatics software. Learn more at muii.missouri.edu.

Informatics Research Core Facility (IRCF)

The mission of the IRCF is to facilitate research and education through the development of computational resources. Computational resource development ranges from software creation to database design to hardware configuration consulting. IRCF staff members are skilled in these activities and are available for a range of services. The IRCF is committed to serving the informatics needs of the research community. Additionally, the IRCF is dedicated to providing educational and instructional opportunities for MU students, staff and faculty. These opportunities are often offered as either workshops or individual training activities. Learn more at ircf.rnet.missouri.edu.

Digital Biology Laboratory

The research focus of Digital Biology Laboratory (DBL) is Bioinformatics and Computational Biology. We are interested in various topics including protein structure prediction, high-throughput biological data analyses, primer and probe design, protein phosphorylation analysis, simulation studies of plants, cancers, viruses, and many more. The lab is interested in working with MU faculty in funded research collaborations. Learn more at digbio.missouri.edu.
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Information Security, Authorization, and Access

Information Security

Under university policy, the MU CIO has overall responsibility for information security across MU, including the MU health care system. Existing policies, such as the data classification system and security standards, define how information and data are to be protected, regardless of who manages or controls the data. However, it is important to note that valuable research data, often representing years of effort, can have a low security classification. Protecting these data is vitally important to supporting high-quality research at MU. The Division of IT has a number of technology resources and security experts to ensure that research and other data are adequately secured, whether access is local or remote. IT staff are trained and certified to use a variety of tools to secure and validate the status of the network, servers, databases, and applications. Through our participation in federated identity management, standard authentication and authorization mechanisms can be implemented and supported. Learn more at doit.missouri.edu/services/infosec.

Shibboleth

Shibboleth allows single sign-on access to electronic resources both internal to the University of Missouri and external through an established federation or trust relationship. This allows an individual’s MU account to be used to access resources at other institutions without the need for an additional password. The Shibboleth Service Provider software also enables MU resources to be accessed by external individuals using their university or home institution credentials. Learn more at doit.missouri.edu/services/infosec/authentication-management and shibboleth.net.

InCommon

The InCommon Federation administers and enables federated identity management servers throughout the higher-education community. This federation is sponsored by Internet2 and facilitates the ability to provide identity management authentication to more than 6 million individuals throughout the nation’s educational institutions. InCommon serves as the cornerstone for joint projects, collaborative efforts, and provides access to resources such as the NSF’s Fastlane, NASA’s Nspires, and Grants.gov without the enormous overhead of maintaining separate identity management systems. InCommon has recently joined eduGAIN, a global interfederation service. This has expanded our single sign-on capabilities to collaborate with more than 40 international federations. Learn more at incommon.org.

eduroam

Secure, world-wide roaming access is available through eduroam (education roaming), a service developed for the international research and education community. As part of the eduroam community, MU faculty, staff, and students can use their MU credentials while traveling to get Wi-Fi access on eduroam-affiliated campuses in the U.S. and internationally. Likewise, visitors from affiliated campuses may use the wireless eduroam network while visiting MU. Note: access must be set up prior to travel; call Tech Support at 573.882.5000 to get set up prior to your trip. Tech Support can also assist if help is needed while travelling. Learn more at doit.missouri.edu/services/internet-network/eduroam or eduroam.org.
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Networking

Internet2

Internet2 is an advanced networking consortium led by the research and education community spanning US and international institutions who are leaders in the worlds of research, academia, industry, and government. The Internet2 community is developing breakthrough network technologies that support the most exacting applications of today—and spark the most essential innovations of tomorrow. MU has belonged to Internet2 since its inception in 2000. Learn more at internet2.edu.

High-Speed Ethernet

MU’s high-speed Ethernet network provides gigabit Ethernet to the desktop and provides connection to the Internet. Service is available in most on-campus offices, classrooms, conference rooms, computing sites, residence halls, and some fraternities and sororities. Gigabit Ethernet network access is available to departments for $13.75/port/month. Learn more at doit.missouri.edu/services/internet-network/wired-network-internet.

TigerWiFi

The TigerWiFi wireless network provides up to 450Mb per second campus throughput for university faculty, staff, and students who authenticate with their username and password. Guest access is available with a university department’s sponsorship. TigerWiFi offers secure information transmission via advanced encryption methods and the ability to print to network printers without using Virtual Private Networks (VPN). Researchers should understand that the wired network is faster and more reliable than wireless for working with or transferring large data sets. Learn more at doit.missouri.edu/services/internet-network/wireless-internet.

RNet – Research Network

MU was among the first in the US to create a separate research network (RNet). Serving MU’s research community since 1999, RNet exists and is administered separately from, but is interconnected with, MU’s high-speed network. RNet has an autonomous set of virtual local area networks (VLANs) that co-reside within the internet address space of the university, but are on a separate high-speed routing and switch infrastructure. There is no charge for using RNet. Major research labs and scientific instruments at MU campus are connected to RNet with 1 – 10 gigabits per second interfaces, which can be configured and have researcher-friendly firewall policies. IPv6 routing capabilities are supported within RNet through a dual-stack mode setup and a separate IPv6 address space. Learn more at doit.missouri.edu/research/mu-research-network.

RNet External Network

RNet enables accessibility to high performance computing (HPC) resources throughout the four-campus University of Missouri System through a core fiber-optic network and 10 Gigabit (GB) optics operated by the Missouri Research and Education Network (MOREnet). This network enables MU researchers to connect via high-speed networks and collaboration services such as videoconferencing with Missouri’s 900 node research and education network for higher education, K-12 education, telehealth sites, and public libraries as well as state government and their affiliates. Connectivity to Internet2 is available through MOREnet and the Great Plains Network (GPN) consortium, and directly from RNet, if needed. The direct connection between RNet and Internet2 is being upgraded to 100 Gbps connectivity, with MOREnet providing built-in redundancy for route protection to avert network disruption due to faults. Learn more at doit.missouri.edu/research/mu-research-network.

RNet Science DMZ (Demilitarized Zone) Protection Environment

A Science DMZ environment has been developed (2013-14 NSF CC-NIE, and 2014-2015 NSF CC*IIE funds) with minimal firewall restrictions to enable “friction-free” RNet data flows internally within the campus, and externally to other regional and national network locations. Currently, Science DMZ capabilities include: 100 Gbps connectivity to Internet2 Innovation Platform, experimental test beds with MU’s supercomputer (partly supported by 2014-2015 NSF MRI funds), perfSONAR multi-domain measurement points to troubleshoot network bottlenecks, monitoring of RNet flows, Data Transfer Nodes for fast data transfers over wide-area networks, and an OpenFlow switch infrastructure. Several software-defined networking research collaborations with leading industry vendors such as Cisco and  Brocade as well as with remote campuses such as Ohio State University, University of Arizona (iPlant), and Clemson University (NSF ACI-REFs Initiative) are aiding in the maturation of the OpenFlow support for domain science researcher use cases on the MU campus. Shibboleth-based authentication and authorization services also enable secure access to Science DMZ resources and enforcement of researcher-friendly policies for cyberinfrastructure access. For additional information, contact Timothy Middelkoop, middelkoopt@missouri.edu.

Missouri Research and Education Network (MOREnet)

MOREnet provides Internet connectivity with capacities up to 100 Gigabits per second (Gbps), technical services, training, resources and support such as video conferencing to Missouri’s public sector entities, including K-12 schools, colleges, universities, public libraries, health care, government and other affiliated organizations. Established in 1991, MOREnet was one of the first advanced state networks to enable Internet availability to thousands of rural Missourians. As one of the first five state education networks admitted to Internet2 in 2001, our members enjoy unparalleled opportunities to perform effective technology research, development and testing on Internet2’s advanced global network, which connects to other dedicated Federal research networks such as:

• The Department of Energy’s Energy Sciences Network (ESNet) es.net
• The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s NOAA Science Network (N-Wave) noc.nwave.noaa.gov
• International networks such as the GEANT network connecting 41 research networks in Europe and Scandinavia geant.org/Networks
• The National Science Foundation’s Pacific Wave connecting research networks around the pacific rim cenic.org/news/item/pacific-wave-announces-worlds-first-trans-pacific-100-gigabit-re-network

Great Plains Network (GPN)

Administratively housed at the University of Missouri, the Great Plains Network (GPN) was founded in 1997 to address the needs of the research and education community resulting from increasingly overwhelming use of the public Internet. GPN members include over 20 leading universities in eight states. GPN was the first regional connector to Internet2, and GPN continues to lead in support of research collaboration, education, and advanced networking for member institutions. MU and the GPN have been instrumental in developing and proving scalability of Shibboleth as a security model for fine-grained authorization needs across multiple institutions and in large high-speed networks. Learn more at greatplains.net.
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Survey and Collaboration Tools

ORCID

ORCID provides a persistent digital identifier that distinguishes you from every other researcher. Integration is key in research workflows, such as manuscript and grant submission. ORCID supports automated linkages between you and your professional activities, ensuring that your work is recognized. Your ORCID ID allows you to easily and uniquely attach your identity to research objects such as datasets, equipment, articles, media stories, citations, experiments, patents, etc. Learn more about researcher profiles and ORCIDs at libraryguides.missouri.edu/ResearchIdentity.

Qualtrics

Qualtrics is a web-based tool for building dynamic surveys on the Web. The University of Missouri–Columbia has acquired a site license that allows divisions and departments to have access to this world-class tool at a reduced rate. Qualtrics meets the security requirements associated with gathering data classified as Restricted (DC Level 3). Learn more at arc.missouri.edu/Qualtrics.aspx.

Video Services

MOREnet hosts an array of video services, providing connections via state-of-the-art Cisco TelePresence, traditional H.323/SIP devices as well as soft clients in support of the university’s various interactive video requirements. The soft clients allow the joining of commonly used computers and mobile devices to TelePresence and H.323/SIP based room systems, providing a personal and customizable experience to each user for real-time collaboration and interaction, including the sharing of content. These HD-capable video services link the university to room systems, desktops and mobile endpoints anywhere in the world where there is IP network access. MOREnet provides a video help desk to support users in this environment. To learn more, visit more.net/services/videoconferencing or send an email to video@more.net.
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Usability

Adaptive Computing Technology (ACT) Center

The ACT Center, a department within the Division of Information Technology, provides assistance to MU faculty, staff, and students with innovative technologies that may be needed at work or school. The ACT Center strives to assist the MU community in creating universally designed environments. Services include adaptive assessments, adaptive technology training, electronic text, web accessibility, and workstation analysis. For more information call 573.884.2828 or visit actcenter.missouri.edu.

Information Experience (IE) Lab

Located in MU’s School of Information Science & Learning Technologies, the IE Lab conducts research and evaluates technologies for ease of use. The IE Lab is a university-based usability lab that provides services to companies and organizations. Since the IE Lab is used as a teaching and research facility, the pricing is very competitive, and research guides the delivery of services. IE Lab services are available on the MU campus or at any client-selected location. Services include: expert evaluation by IE Lab staff to assess compliance of a website or software application with accepted usability standards, user interviews with current or potential users in focus group or individual settings, and user observations collecting computer interface data. Learn more at ielab.missouri.edu/#/lab/home.
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Visualization

iLab – Immersive Visualization Lab

The iLab is a virtual reality facility to support stereoscopic 3-dimensional (3D) visualization and design collaboration. The iLab’s large screen display offers immersive experiences similar to 3D movies. The iLab is developed as a lower-cost alternative to virtual reality systems like CAVE using readily available hardware components, familiar desktop computing environment and open source and affordably priced VR authoring tools. Software resources in the iLab include:

  • Advanced CAD and animation tools (Rhino3D, Autodesk 3D Studio Max, Maya, Softimage, Mudbox, Motion Builder)
  • Game development tools like Unity
  • Virtual reality authoring tools (EON Professional and iCatcher)
  • 3-D video editing and post-production (Sony Vegas Pro, PFDepth, PFTrack, Nuke, Ocula, and Mari) software
  • Behavioral simulation (MassivePrime) software

The iLab also has an 18-camera Optitrack system and a pair of 5DT data gloves for motion capture. The lab also has a variety of 3-D displays ranging from 18 ft. by 6 ft. rear-projected display, zSpace display, 3-D TV monitors, Oculus Rift, and augmented reality glasses. In addition to 3-D simulations, the lab has capability for capturing and analyzing human-computer interaction and user-experience/usability data. The iLab offers an immersive virtual reality environment for teaching as well as fosters innovative research across disciplines that involve 3D visualization. Please visit the iLab website at arch.missouri.edu/ilab for more detailed information regarding the lab infrastructure, people and research.