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Services offered to researchers are in four areas: Planning, Analysis, Data Management, and Outreach & Education. Within these, support plans are developed for clients to address their current and anticipated needs, and to explore areas in which new support might prove fruitful. Such needs are assessed in the course of a RISS consultation with the client.
The range of support requests supported by MSI and RISS are broad: from assistance with the identification of appropriate informatics resources or tools to the development of analytical pipelines or custom databases, and to the management and coordination of a project’s informatics component as well as assistance with proposal development. In addition to client-oriented services, the role of RISS is to pro-actively evaluate and implement resources that enhance the university discovery environment.
RISS also recommends or collaborates with complementary informatics or computational groups or programs for the purposes of synergy, coordinated planning, and the strategic alignment of information resources.
Lists of examples provided within each category are not exhaustive. Contact RISS to discuss your informatics needs.
- Assist with experimental design of projects involving high-throughput biological data sets, working when appropriate with biostatistics experts.
- Assist with data management plans from data capture to data analysis and data sharing
- Assist with bioinformatics (analysis and management) sections of grant research proposals
- Assist with expertise referral
- Conduct analysis of high-throughput molecular data sets (e.g. RNAseq, Variant detection, de novo transcriptome or genome assembly)
- Assist with analytical pipeline or workflow development
- Assist with results interpretation and representation
- Assist with results visualization
- Coordinate with other analytical experts (e.g. biostatistics)
- Author analytical methods and results for publication
- Assist with capture, organization, extraction and sharing of data and metadata
- Develop relational model for data organization
- Develop relational database with web-accessible querying tools
Outreach & Education
- Assist with use of internal and external bioinformatics tools or resources
- Organize and provide high quality (bio)-informatics tutorials
- Organize and provide tailored lab or small group workshop using client’s data (Fees associated)
Project consultation with analyst
e.g. This is my project and the experimental design and analysis I would like to do, does it make sense?
Proposal consultation (e.g. bioinformatics, data management)
e.g. Ran the program as directed but ran into this error message
Basic analytical walkthrough
e.g. What are the most appropriate programs or parameters to use
Where to start
Data analysis services done by RISS analysts. for example:
- e.g. Basic RNA-Seq ~ 2 to 5 days
- E.g. Genome assemblies - Highly iterative process. Time varies
- Custom analytical pipelines – Time varies
- Custom application development
- In depth training
Best is to contact RISS the minute you are considering applying to a grant program. If your analytical methods include high throughput technologies (NextGen, proteomics...) competitive applications will include an informatics analytical plan and for really large project, a data capture and integration plan as well as a data sharing plan.
Consult at minimum 3 weeks before the internal SPA deadline. SPA deadline is generally 5 days before the program (NIH, NSF...) deadline. If preliminary data analysis is necessary or the project is atypical ( e.g. not RNAseq) a longer period will be required for strategy development.