SBGrid hosts 3 workshops. Quo Vadis 2016 - Advanced Crystallography offered students hands-on training in data processing and model building techniques. The NSF-funded workshop on Data and Software Citation brought together scientists from structural biology, quantitative social sciences, linguistics, astrophysics, geography, computer science, and mathematics to develop norms for software and data citation to improve research and resource sharing. Continuing in this vein, the Connecting Journals to Data Repositories workshop put journal editors, publishers, data repository directors, librarians, researchers, and funders in the same room to establish a roadmap for future cooperation.
SBGrid Today has over 300 member laboratories around the world and supports more than 270 scientific software applications. Laboratories that joined SBGrid in 2016 include Nozomi Ando of Princeton, Scott Hultgren from Washington University School of Medicine St Louis, Cong Liu of the Interdisciplinary Research Center on Biology and Chemistry in China, Vinit Mahajan at University of Iowa, Robert Lefkowitz from Duke University, and Andrés Palencia at University Grenoble-Alpes in France.
Structural Biology Data Grid
SBGrid launches the Structural Biology Data Grid (SBDG) to preserve and disseminate primary experimental X-ray diffraction datasets that support scientific publications. Fifty member laboratories contributed 117 datasets for the pilot collection described in a Nature Communications publication Nat Commun. 2016. 7:10882. SBGrid is expanding this project in collaboration with Mercè Crosas and Dataverse with support from the Leona M. and Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Trust. Read more
A paper providing a comprehensive description of SBGrid is published in eLife. SBGrid’s Dr. Jason Key becomes a member of the XSEDE Campus Champion program to support the most demanding electron microscopy computations and make high performance computational resources available to the SBGrid community.
SBGrid Formalizes Charter
SBGrid rolls out its webinar program featuring software tutorials from a different developer each month. Recordings are publicly available on the YouTube.org/SBGridTV channel. With support from the National Science Foundation SBGrid Policy Fellow, Andrew Morin develops a guide to software licensing (PLoS Compu Biol. 2012;8(7):e1002598) and advocates for better disclosure of source code (Science. 2012 Apr 13;336(6078):159-60.). SBGrid extends software support for pharmaceutical companies with a customized collection of software packages. Membership growth continues at about 28% per year.
Wide Search Molecular Replacement
SBGrid establishes a Virtual Organization (SBGrid VO) within the Open Science Grid (OSG) and deploys a grid computing portal. Specialized workflows to perform molecular replacement against 100,000 protein domain structures (Wide Search Molecular Replacement) and low resolution DEN refinement are introduced to all members of the structural biology community. SBGrid becomes one of the top OSG users (outside of high-energy physics users) and utilizes ~5,000,000 CPU hours per year. In 2011 SBGrid hosts the Open Science Grid All-Hands Meeting at Harvard Medical School.
Quo Vadis Structural Biology?
SBGrid holds its first user meeting: Quo Vadis Structural Biology? (from Latin: where is structural biology heading?). The meeting attracts approximately 300 participants and incorporates a structural biology symposium and three workshops: scientific programming with Python; molecular visualization with Maya; and OSX programming. SBGrid holds subsequent meetings in Boston (2009, 2013, 2014) and, in collaboration with Daniel Panne from Grenoble, organizes the 2010 EMBO Practical Course: Scientific Programming and Data Visualization for Structural Biology, held in Heidelberg, Germany.
SBGrid expands to include 37 laboratories located at 14 different institutions: Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Caltech, Cornell, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Harvard Medical School, Harvard University, Immune Disease Institute, Rice University, Rockefeller University, Rosalind Franklin University, Stanford, Vanderbilt University, Washington University School of Medicine, and Yale University. SBGrid also establishes itself as an HMS NIH-complaint Service Center. The Center develops an end-user licensing agreement (EULA) in cooperation with the Harvard University Office of Technology Development (OTD) to formalize its relationships with Consortium laboratories.
Support For OSX Introduced
In response to demand from Mac users, SBGrid re-compiles the majority of its applications to run under OS X. Today approximately 50% of members use Macintosh computers. The initial collection of OS X application was compiled by Dr. David Gohara.
Sliz and Harrison relocate to Harvard Medical School, several additional research groups join SBGrid, and software support is initiated for electron microscopy (EM), nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) and other structural biology techniques. SBGrid also begins charging user-fees to recover operational costs.
SBGrid is established by Dr. Piotr Sliz as a home-grown solution to the challenge of supporting and maintaining a few dozen X-ray crystallography applications that run on SGI IRIX and Linux workstations. The first laboratories supported are those of Stephen Harrison and the late Don Wiley, at Harvard University and Children’s Hospital Boston, and Ya Ha and Karin Reinisch at Yale Medical School. This support includes other existing collaborative software projects in X-ray crystallography, including CCP4 and later PHENIX — both of which continue to contribute to SBGrid.