Welcome to the Informatics Services Catalog page. You can find various services that are offered through a number of institutes, centers and departments across the campus on this website. Please contact research-computing@uiowa.edu if any links are broken or if you wish any website/service to be added onto this page.

Secure Remote Desktop

The Secure Remote Desktop (SRD) service provides a secure virtual machine from which researchers can remotely access highly sensitive data. This service is primarily meant for research, public health, or healthcare operation purposes, and can be utilized by individual researchers, but environments for research groups can also be created.
SRD utilizes a secure, remote environment to allow access to highly sensitive (Level III) data, such as official student grades, social security numbers, and health information. More information about Level III data can be found here: http://itsecurity.uiowa.edu/policy-institutionaldataaccess. SRD also offers various statistical software for researchers’ use. A list of available software can be found here: [link to support article].  SRD uses Microsoft Remote Desktop and is only accessible from a Mac or Windows machine. SRD can be accessed from both on-campus and off-campus. Users are required to have a HawkID. 

Research Technology Consulting

For your technical challenges you can work with ITS-Research Services team. Please visit http://its.uiowa.edu/researchconsult for additional information. If you have any questions, please contact research-computing@uiowa.edu

Bioinformatics Consulting

Genetics focused bioinformatics consultations to help researchers analyze and interpret their data. The service is part of Iowa Institute of Human Genetics (IIHG). Please visit http://www.medicine.uiowa.edu/humangenetics/bioinformatics/  for more information on what services are available through IIHG. 

Galaxy At UIowa

From Galaxy’s website “Galaxy is an open, web-based platform for data intensive biomedical research. Whether on the free public server or your own instance, you can perform, reproduce, and share complete analyses”. University of Iowa through ITS-Research Services and IIHG offers a local instance of Galaxy that being supported by our Neon cluster in the backend. Please visit https://its.uiowa.edu/galaxy for more information on the UI’s instance of Galaxy and https://wiki.uiowa.edu/display/galaxyusers/University+of+Iowa+Custom+Galaxy+Deployment for documentation. 

BioShare At UIowa

UI BioShare is a service provided to faculty, investigators, and study teams participating in research that involves human derived biomaterials such as tissue and blood specimens. The UI BioSHARE Service assists investigators and study teams alike as they navigate and utilize the soon to be implemented single software system (Labmatrix) employed to catalog biomaterials collected for research throughout the University of Iowa medical campus.
Services include:
    •    working with study teams to initiate new studies and/or transition legacy data into Labmatrix,
    •    consultant services for investigators interested in research projects utilitzing biomaterials,
    •    assistance with availability and acquisition of biomaterials for grant proposals and research projects,
    •    guidance related to study initiation and associated regulatory requirements.
Please visit http://www.icts.uiowa.edu/apps/ui-bioshare for more information.

SBGrid At UIowa

The SBGrid Consortium is a group that maintains an extensive set of applications to support structural biology research. This set of software tools is installed on the Helium and Neon compute clusters and is in use by a number of researchers on the University of Iowa campus. Please visit https://wiki.uiowa.edu/display/hpcdocs/SBGrid for more details and documentation. 

Bioinformatics Users Group (BUG)

The Bioinformatics Users Group, facilitated by the Iowa Institute of Human Genetics meets regularly and hosts two main events that help researchers in the area of bioinformatics in general. One, the Hands-on Bioinformatics Monthly Mini course and two, Bioinformatics Summer Short Course (once a year event). Please visit the following website for additional details. http://www.medicine.uiowa.edu/humangenetics/bioinformatics/education/

Social Science Informatics Consulting

Iowa Social Science Research Center (ISSRC) offers some consultation on statistical modeling, grant writing and data analysis for social scientists. Please visit http://ppc.uiowa.edu/isrc/services for more details on what consultations and collaborative opportunities are available.

High Performance Computing Clusters

University of Iowa, through ITS offers two compute clusters on the campus. Helium (soon to be retired) and Neon. Users of the service need to sign up first. Please visit https://workflow.uiowa.edu/entry/new/178/ to sign up for a new account. More information about the HPC can be read at https://hpc.uiowa.edu and wiki page for the cluster system documentation is available at https://wiki.uiowa.edu/display/hpcdocs/HPC+Documentation+Home.

Statistical Consulting

College of Public Health Statistics group offers consultation/collaboration on a variety of projects in the public health domain. Please visit http://www.public-health.uiowa.edu/about-the-center-for-public-health-st... for more details. 

Research Data Management

University of Iowa Libraries, in partnership with ITS, Division of Sponsored Programs (DSP) offers data management via a number of different ways. First our group can help you write your data management plan for federal grant funding agencies (NIH, NSF, DOE, DOD, etc), second can collaborate with you on storing your data on public data repositories. Please visit http://guides.lib.uiowa.edu/data for additional information. Please contact Sara Scheib (sara-scheib@uiowa.edu) or Marina (Qianjin) Zhang (qianjin-zhang@uiowa.edu) if you have any questions. 

Another group that offers the data management is Iowa Clinical and Translational Science (ICTS). The group specializes in providing data solutions such as research data capture, bio specimen tracking, image archiving system, and database development. Please visit their website at http://icts.uiowa.edu/biomedical-informatics for additional information. 

Center for Health Effects of Environmental Contamination (CHEEC) specializes in database management and systems administration, applications development, and Geographical Information System (GIS) applications for environmental health research projects. Please visit CHEEC’s website at https://cheec.uiowa.edu/data-management-services. CHEEC also provides access to environmental databases (https://cheec.uiowa.edu/environmental-databases). 

The Office of Nursing Research Services (ONRS) through College of Nursing provide Data Management services to the faculty and staff in College of Nursing and staff in University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics. Some of the components of this service include data capture using REDCap, Qualtrics and Teleform. ONRS also offers support for Grant Writing, Data Analysis and Application Assistance and Support. Please visit ONRS website at https://nursing.uiowa.edu/research/office-of-nursing-research.

Clinical Trials Support Services

The Cancer Clinical Research Services from the Holden Comprehensive Cancer Research Center (HCCC) offers data management for groups interested in conducting Clinical Trials. Please check out the HCCC’s website https://www.uihealthcare.org/otherservices.aspx?id=20982 for all the different types of clinical trials currently happening in cancer research at Iowa.

College of Public Health’s Clinical Trials Statistical and Data Management Center http://www.ctsdmc.org/services/services-offered.html offers services for several key components of Clinical Trials such as Study Design, Data Management, Study Support, Biostatistical Support and Administrative Support. Their services include trial design, Protocol development, Grant preparation, Case report form development, testing and validation, Relational database design and development, Electronic data capture, Clinical site support, Training and certification, Regulatory support, Clinical site monitoring, Develop statistical analysis plans, Support DSMB’s, Interim and final statistical analyses, Manuscript preparation, Develop and monitor subcontracts and and support study meetings. 

Data Publishing

University of Iowa Libraries offers data publishing for researchers. These can be peer reviewed institutionally published or society-owned e-journals (free or subscriber-based), grey literature, conference proceedings.  The support is also available for digital humanities publications with rich media. Please visit http://www.lib.uiowa.edu/drp/publishing/ for more details on data publishing services from UI Libraries.

Another service that UI Libraries offers is Manuscript Submission Service, which offers consultation and act as a third-party submitter to NIHMS in compliance with the NIH Public Access Policy. Please visit http://guides.lib.uiowa.edu/content.php?pid=6167&sid=38874 for more details. 

Data Access and Sources

Iowa Clinical and Translational Science through its Biomedical Informatics Division offers researchers to submit queries into EMR data and other sources and various query tools. Please visit http://icts.uiowa.edu/biomedical-informatics for more details. 

Department of Natural Resources offers researchers to tap into a wide range of GIS data for the state of Iowa (cultural, environmental, elevation data, image data etc.) by state and by county.  This is used by numerous research groups on campus. The NRGIS is being separated from DNR and will be under new auspices . But for now, please visit https://programs.iowadnr.gov/nrgislibx/

Inter-University Consortium for Political and Social Research (ICPSR) offers a vast array of data for secondary data analysis regarding economic, education, health, international, legal, legislative, political, and other areas of social research. Please visit http://ppc.uiowa.edu/isrc/services/icpsr for more details on the data sources.

College of Public Health via Health Effectiveness Research Center Facilities (HERC) provides access to healthcare database administrative databases, survey databases, patient registry databases and geocoding. Please visit http://www.public-health.uiowa.edu/herce/about/facilities.html for additional information about these types of datasets.

Data Storage

University of Iowa through ITS-Research Services offers Research Data Storage Service and Large Scale Data Storage. These suite of services meet many of the needs of researchers while complying with University policy for data storage. Please visit http://its.uiowa.edu/researchstorage.

Github Enterprise

University of Iowa through ITS-Research Services and the Informatics Initiative offers students, research staff and faculty to store their code in Github Enterprise instance installed on campus. To login to the service please visit, https://github.uiowa.edu and for documentation, visit https://wiki.uiowa.edu/display/githubdocs/Github+User+Documentation+Home. Questions about the service can be addressed to its-help-github@uiowa.edu.