The Virtual Institute for Integrative Biology (VIIB) [article]

Gustavo Rivera, Fernando González-Nilo, Tomás Perez-Acle, Raul Isea, David S. Holmes
2010 arXiv   pre-print
The Virtual Institute for Integrative Biology (VIIB) is a Latin American initiative for achieving global collaborative e-Science in the areas of bioinformatics, genome biology, systems biology, metagenomics, medical applications and nanobiotechnolgy. The scientific agenda of VIIB includes: construction of databases for comparative genomics, the AlterORF database for alternate open reading frames discovery in genomes, bioinformatics services and protein simulations for biotechnological and
more » ... l applications. Human resource development has been promoted through co-sponsored students and shared teaching and seminars via video conferencing. E-Science challenges include: interoperability and connectivity concerns, high performance computing limitations, and the development of customized computational frameworks and flexible workflows to efficiently exploit shared resources without causing impediments to the user. Outreach programs include training workshops and classes for high school teachers and students and the new Adopt-a-Gene initiative. The VIIB has proved an effective way for small teams to transcend the critical mass problem, to overcome geographic limitations, to harness the power of large scale, collaborative science and improve the visibility of Latin American science It may provide a useful paradigm for developing further e-Science initiatives in Latin America and other emerging regions.
arXiv:1012.3437v1 fatcat:vyefihirunbnncb3bn6fiehjii