BioRAFT Approach

BioRAFT's approach is centered on creating a sustainable research software infrastructure.

Sustainability is achieved by:

  • Maintaining costs for the long haul
  • Balancing new staffing needs with budget constraints
  • Withstanding loss of employees and leadership
  • Withstanding hard drive failures and destroyed or lost paper files
  • Meeting evolving needs or completely changed requirement
  • Providing security that keeps your data safe while not negatively impacting accessibly and usability
  • And many more...

BioRAFT's approach creates synergy between users, IT people, and software that supports sustainability.

BioRAFT helps research organizations achieve sustainability through:

  • Leveraging the combined power of multiple research organizations through collaborative development and cost sharing
  • Increasing productivity of staff
  • Providing a research specific platform that is secure and flexible
  • Utilizing Open Source and Standards-Based software
  • Insulating from loss of data
  • Insulating from the effects of employees loss

Building software to meet specific needs is an expensive and timely process. Enterprises spend years building software that takes years to support and improve. For most organizations, creating customized software to meet specific needs is a dream that is too cost prohibitive to ever achieve properly. Many groups who try and do this themselves find out the hard way. However, in the research community very specific needs are shared among large numbers of research organizations. Given that so many people face similar struggles BioRAFT has put together a program that enables research centers to work together to develop applications that meet a common need. Time, effort and money are shared amongst everyone! This approach ensures sustainability as new needs are recognized. Through the BioRAFT Collaborative Development Program research organizations work together to enhance current features or add new capabilities to the software.

If you have an idea for a new module or enhancements to an existing one

What is the Collaborative Development Program?

It is software development that combines the efforts and spending power of more than one research organization. This means that a module developed by one research organization is available to others at a significantly lower cost that it would be to develop themselves. This also means that research organizations that have similar needs can join forces. Each group gets what they need and saves significantly compared to developing it alone.

How is this beneficial to everyone?

  • A significant amount of time and effort is saved
  • It is like having a much larger group of minds and funds solving problems together
  • Much lower costs than developing it alone

What if my research organization needs a module but with somewhat different features?

With BioRAFT you can have your own specific features, field names, etc. As the BioRAFT basic building blocks were created to handle this, customizing a module is a matter of getting the requirements down properly, coding it up, and a lot of testing. While this is a more expensive approach than working collaboratively on a module, you may just need something that specialized. 

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