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EnhanceR – Research IT Support for the Swiss Research Community

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posted on 10.09.2017 by Alex Upton, The EnhanceR Project Consortium
Research presents unique challenges in IT, making its support challenging. Supporting researchers in meeting these challenges has led to the creation of specialist units at Swiss research organisations to provide Research IT support, allowing researchers to concentrate on their core tasks and accelerating time to results.

Through the EnhanceR project, these units are federated into a national cooperative eScience and Research IT support community to provide support, transfer knowledge and build skills and capacities in the Swiss research academic sector. EnhanceR is the follow-up to the successful eSCT project, which assisted a wide number of researchers across Switzerland through the delivery of over 50 support projects. These ranged from the development of a scalable neuroscience imaging analysis pipeline, to the benchmarking of sequencing alignment tools, to the creation of a resource-sharing platform across institutes that now has over 4,000 users.

In this poster, we outline the services that EnhanceR offers researchers, as well as detailing two examples of previous support projects. In the first example, we detail the development of a scalable imaging analysis pipeline that directly aided researchers at the Laboratory of Neural Circuit Dynamics at the Brain institute at the University of Zurich. In the second, we present the development of a technology stack to run the same workflow in different Swiss HPC clusters, aimed at projects with sensitive and confidential data where code has to move to the data.

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