Curating, Discovering, and Disseminating Research Elements Using iRODS

Mr David Fellinger1

1iRODS Consortium, Chapel Hill, United States

It is indisputable that we are in the age of “Big Data”. Data must be managed that has the attributes of variety, velocity, volume, and veracity. The attribute of velocity is growing as the global bandwidth increases.

The Integrated Rule-Oriented Data System (iRODS) is an open source technology initiative that has been developed to manage data from raw instrument readings through publication solving the challenges of curation and addressing secure collaboration.

Data management solutions of worldwide research institutions were presented at the recent iRODS User Group Meeting.

CyVerse in the US, provides a Discovery Environment (DE) for a research data repository with over 80,000 users with 5,690 participating academic institutions and 2,438 non-academic organizations.

In Europe, the EUDAT Collaborative Data Infrastructure (CDI) was formed to host the data of over 50 universities and research institutions.

In the Netherlands, SURF has built a Research Data Management (RDM) framework entirely based on iRODS to manage their consolidated data.

In Sweden, the Swedish National Infrastructure for Computing (SNIC) provides storage capacity and compute resources for the nation.

In the state of Victoria, Australia, the Department of Agriculture is capturing, managing, and analyzing data for “smart farms” in order to define new and more efficient farming methods.

These are just a few examples of the use of iRODS by institutions that take advantage of the features of data virtualization, data discovery, workflow automation, and secure collaboration that iRODS technology provides. These and more use cases will be presented.


Dave Fellinger is a Data Management Technologist and Storage Scientist with the iRODS Consortium. He has over three decades of engineering experience including film systems, video processing devices, ASIC design and development, GaAs semiconductor manufacture, RAID and storage systems, and file systems.

In his role at the iRODS Consortium, Dave is working with users in research sites and high performance computer centers to confirm that a broad range of use cases can be fully addressed by the iRODS feature set.

He attended Carnegie Mellon University and holds patents in diverse areas of technology.

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