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Name of Collaboratory :




URL :  

Collaboratory Status :

Operational   Start Date : 2004 End Date : Info Last Updated : Sat, Dec 4 2010 7:00am PST

Primary Collaboratory Function :

  Community Infrastructure Development  

Secondary Collaboratory Functions :


Domain(s) :

MATHEMATICS/COMPUTER SCIENCES >Computer Science >Information Science and Systems
BIOLOGICAL/AGRICULTURAL SCIENCES >Biological Sciences >Biomedical Sciences, BIOLOGICAL/AGRICULTURAL SCIENCES >Biological Sciences >Pathology, Human and Animal

Brief Description of the Collaboratory :


caGrid is an open source platform aimed at enabling secure, multi-institutional e-Science collaborations. caGrid can be used to share data regardless of the specific clinical or research field: cancer research, public health, cardiovascular science, neuroscience, and more. This is possible because caGrid provides an interoperable service-oriented architecture to share data and analytical resources. caGrid uses metadata to describe the structure and semantics of resources and also provides discovery capabilities to find resources of interest. caGrid also provides researchers with powerful capabilities to compose their scientific workflows.

Core caGrid development is funded by the National Cancer Institute's Cancer Biomedical Informatics Grid program. The most recent version of caGrid, version 1.3, represents the sixth major release of caGrid since early 2005.

caGrid includes the APIs and core services that comprise a Grid. A group of collaborators either identifies a Grid to use or deploys their own Grid. Then the community creates and deploys value-added Grid services to share and analyze data.


Access to Instruments :

  caGrid and its source code are freely available via the caGrid Website.  

Access to Information Resources :

  caGrid can also access mailing lists, a forum, and a wiki.  

Access to People as Resources :

  The caGrid group of users has monthly conference calls to discuss a variety of caGrid related topics and view presentations of new projects.  

Funding Agency or Sponsor :

United States Department of Health and Human Services
National Institutes of Health (NIH)
National Cancer Institute (NCI)

Notes on Funding Agencies/Sponsors:

Organizations Otherwise Associated:
Organization name:
Approx # of participants:
Description of organization's role(s):
Argonne National Laboratory (ANL)
Knowledge Center Team
Booz Allen Hamilton
Development Team
United States Department of Health and Human Services
   National Institutes of Health (NIH)
      National Cancer Institute (NCI)
         Center for Biomedical Informatics (NCICB)
Development Team
Ohio State University
   Ohio State University Medical Center
      Center for IT Innovations in Healthcare (CITIH)
Development Team
   Department of Biomedical Informatics (OSU)
Development Team
   Center for Clinical and Translational Science (CCTS)
User Community
Ekagra Software Technologies
Development Team
Emory University
Knowledge Center Team
Development Team
Lantern Three
Development Team
University of Minnesota
   Minnesota Supercomputing Institute (MSI)
User Community
Ohio Supercomputer Center (OSC)
User Community
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
   Public Health Information Network (PHIN)
User Community
Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC)
   Science Applications International Corporation-Frederick (SAIC-Frederick)
Development Team
Development Team

Notes on Participants/Organizations:
Also listed as affiliates are the collaboratories:
Globus Alliance (development team)
CardioVascular Research Grid (user community)
caBIG (user community)
BIRN (user community)


Communications Technology Used :


Technical Capabilities :

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Project-reported performance data :

  The caBIG network includes caGRID, the standardized grid for information-sharing run out of Ohio State University; over 40 software tools; interoperable software enabling systems to communicate; as well as standardized vocabularies. CaBIG provides a framework for projects including Clinical Trial Management Systems, the Cancer Genome Atlas and the Cardiovascular Research Grid. Tens of millions of dollars have been invested by NCI and partnering institutions in the multi-year effort.

So far, caBIG has linked 63 NCI cancer centers, 16 community hospitals, and several NIH institutes.
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