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Research Software – December 2018 Newsletter

on December 18, 2018

CANARIE Awards $4.4M to 20 Research Teams to Develop Advanced Software to Improve Vaccines, Monitor Climate Change, and More

We are very proud to announce up to $4.4M funding awarded to 20 Canadian research teams to develop research software that can serve multiple groups of researchers regardless of specialty. The funding is part of the Government of Canada’s $105 million investment supporting CANARIE’s activities during its 2015-2020 mandate.

The following research projects have been funded to evolve their platforms’ capabilities to support new teams of researchers. Please see our recent press release to learn more about these projects:

3D Slicer – Led by Dr. Gabor Fichtinger, Queen’s University .

A Research Platform for User-Defined Oceanographic Data Products – Led by Dr. Maia Hoeberechts, Ocean Networks Canada (ONC)

Atlascine – Led by Dr. Sébastien Caquard, Concordia University

Building and Energy Simulation, Optimization and Surrogate-Modelling Platform (BESOS) – Led by Dr. Ralph Evins, University of Victoria

Canadian Writing Research Collaboratory (CWRC) – Led by Dr. Susan Brown, University of Guelph

CBRAIN – Led by Dr. Alan Evans, McGill University

CloudUAV – Led by Dr. Greg McDermid, University of Calgary

Genetics and Genomics Analysis Platform (GenAP)– Led by Dr. Pierre-Étienne Jacques, Université de Sherbrooke

Geospatial Cyberinfrastructure for ENvironmental Sensing (GeoCENS) – Led by Dr. Steve Liang; SensorUp Inc.


Helpful Open-Source Research Tool for N-fermion Systems (HORTON) – Led by Dr. Paul Ayers, McMaster University

iEnvironment++ – Led by Dr. Don Cowan, University of Waterloo

Integrated Rapid Infectious Disease Analysis (IRIDA) – Led by Dr. William Hsiao, Simon Fraser University and BC Centres for Disease Control (BCCDC) Public Health Laboratory

iReceptor– Led by Dr. Felix Breden, Simon Fraser University

Motus Wildlife Tracking System (Motus) – Led by Dr. Denis Lepage, Bird Studies Canada

MSS-IMProv – Led by Dr. David Schriemer, University of Calgary

ObiBa– Led by Dr. Isabel Fortier, Research Institute of the McGill University Health Center

Power Analytics for Visualization of Climate Science (PAVICS) Project 1– Led by Dr. Yacine Bouroubi; Université de Sherbrooke

Power Analytics for Visualization of Climate Science (PAVICS) Project 2– Led by Dr. Richard Arsenault, École de technologie supérieure


SeaTube/SeaScribe – Led by Dr. Ben Biffard, Ocean Networks Canada (ONC)

VESTA integrated with ELAN – Led by Gilles Boulianne, Computer Research Institute of Montreal (CRIM)

HUBzero Update

The CANARIE team is researching the development of a reusable component to support CANARIE’s research API in any HUBzero instance.

We are currently working with research teams at Carleton University and the University of Victoria on our HUBzero pilot.

Carleton University is beginning their use of the HUBzero platform internally, continuing to work alongside the CANARIE team to tweak HUBzero to their required settings.

HSS Commons at the University of Victoria has a hosting agreement in place and will be deploying their HUBzero environment for internal use in the next few months.

We see an opportunity with HUBzero to support research teams that do not have dedicated software support for their research. Our goal is to leverage the HUBzero platform to provide a reusable, research software platform that is capable of supporting those research teams.

New Blog Post: The professional research software community in Canada is alive and well

Scott Henwood reveals the latest findings of the 2018 Canadian Research Software Developers’ Survey, administered in late summer of this year.

The survey reveals some surprises of the background, work environment, and development landscape of the typical Canadian research software developer.

Check out Scott’s blog post, for more information.


Research Software Engineering Community on Slack

Are you interested in a forum where you can meet and interact with other developers of research software from across Canada and around the world? Consider joining the International Research Software Engineering community on Slack. Click on this link and then join the #canada channel.

CANARIE National Summit

The CANARIE National Summit took place on October 2nd and 3rd at the National Art Centre in Ottawa. They were two filled days discussing the main theme of the event: Automation Nation, and how AI-based automation will be transformative across all sectors of the economy.  You can read a bit more about the highlights of the Summit here, including a brief overview of each of the presentations.

Feedback has been overwhelmingly positive. We look forward to the 2019 CANARIE National Summit, taking place in the fall of 2019. Stay tuned for information regarding the date and location.