Appliance Proposal

Wed, 2012-04-04 16:10 -- kevinlove

An important activity of iDigBio is to deliver IT infrastructure and services for a highly coordinated biocollections digitization community. Through the use of computer appliances, separate and discrete computing devices designed to provide a specific computing resource, the biocollections digitization community will interact with the iDigBio storage cloud and specimen database. The iDigBio team seeks to team up with developers of tools that have demonstrated broad applicability in the collections community to guide development, disseminate, and host virtual appliances that integrate such tools. You can use the following form to submit one of 3 appliance proposals:

  1. End-user appliances:

    This involves collaboration with the iDigBio personnel in developing an iDigBio appliance downloadable from the portal. Key expectations for these appliances include:
        a) there is an active user base for the tool in the community,
        b) the tool is well-documented, with clear resource requirements,
        c) tool development is active,
        d) tool developers are willing to collaborate with iDigBio personnel in the integration and maintenance of the appliance,
        e) the tool and its software dependences do not have license terms that would preclude their open distribution through iDigBio, and
        f) the resulting appliance adds value and/or simplifies user experience.

    Submit the following form template: End-user appliances
     

  2. iDigBio-hosted tools and services:

    This involves collaboration the iDigBio personnel in developing an iDigBio appliance that will be hosted on the iDigBio cloud. Key expectations for these appliances include:
       a) there is an active user base for the tool in the community
       b) the tool is well-documented, with clear resource requirements
       c) tool development is active
       d) tool developers are willing to collaborate with iDigBio personnel in the integration and maintenance of the appliance
       e) the tool exposes its functionality through a well-defined and well-documented service interface
       f) the resulting appliance adds value and/or simplifies user experience.

    Submit the following form template: iDigBio-hosted tools and services
     

  3. Dissemination of user-provided appliances:

    In this category, users provide an appliance that has already been developed, and iDigBio promotes the appliance by linking to it and/or hosting the appliance files on iDigBio resources. Key expectations for these appliances include:
       a) the tool is relevant to the community
       b) the tool and its software dependences do not have license terms that would preclude their open distribution through iDigBio.

    Submit the following form template: Dissemination of user-provided appliances