Research Computing Projects
Research Computing Projects
Located at the University of New Hampshire, BITC funds research by faculty, researchers and students at UNH and other U.S. academic institutions. Staff at UNH provide administrative functions including grant administration, technology transfer, contract negotiation and intellectual property licensing. Center management consists of a director, an associate director, and an administrative manager. External scientific advisers act as consultants as needed. Operations are conducted in accord with NSF guidelines.
The Research Computing Center provides BITC with software engineering and web consulting services. RCC has been providing services for BITC since 1999. RCC is currently working on several research-based applications for BITC including a new version of their SEDNTERP software: a general purpose tool for the interpretation of sedimentation equilibrium and sedimentation velocity experiments.
Working with the UNH Department of Environmental Health & Safety and the UNH Fire Department, the Research Computing Center developed the entire UNHCEMS system. UNHCEMS is a chemical environmental management solution to maintaining chemical safety and compliance. The application is accessed through a standard web browser.
Key Features of UNHCEMS
- Helps sites maintain compliance by running real time reports on the chemical and radioactive inventory.
- Provides users with the ability to share unneeded chemicals, which reduces chemical waste and saves money.
- Includes a reporting package that allows users to create custom reports and assign those reports to other users with due dates.
- Sends automatic alerts when custom alert conditions emerge or when reports are overdue.
UNHCEMS promotes a safe environment by providing a searchable library of Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS), particularly Hazardous Chemical Fact Sheets, and NFPA door signs. An offline version is also included so emergency personnel can view UNHCEMS without an internet connection.
ERMA is a web-based Geographic Information System (GIS) tool designed to assist both emergency responders and environmental resource managers who deal with incidents that may adversely impact the environment.
Key Features of ERMA
- Integrates and synthesizes various types of information.
- Provides a common operational picture to all individuals involved in an incident.
- Improves communication and coordination among responders and stakeholders.
- Provides resource managers with the information necessary to make faster and better informed decisions.
Working with NOAA and the UNH Coastal Response Research Center, RCC developed the ERMA software that is currently in use by NOAA.
EOS-Earthdata is a digital library of free, customized earth science data. Over 120,000 data products have been distributed globally to scientists, researchers, teachers, and community and urban planners since 1999. EOS-Earthdata provides an array of earth science data including:
- Satellite images
- Climate and climatological data
- Agricultural and soil statistics
- Forest ecosystem and carbon dynamics model data
- Hydrologic and water demand data
- Landuse and landcover products.
EOS-Earthdata supports educators by providing special collections and features that:
- Support the Forest Watch program, an educational project that includes K-12 teachers and students in UNH research activities that assess the state-of-health of local forest stands.
- Provide step-by-step instructions that facilitate inquiry into Earth system science datasets via the Web-based Earth Exploration Toolbook (EET)
- Offer tools and curricula for Digital Earth Watch (DEW), a project led by the Museum of Science in Boston.
EOS-Earthdata created a teacher-friendly set of climate change scenario data, "Climate Change in the 21st Century", from the 4th Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Assessment Report released in 2007. This data is popular for use in high-school science classes and by university students studying climate change.
The Research Computing Center provides all computer related resources for EOS-Earthdata including IT, database, web, scientific programming and backup support. RCC has worked with EOS-Earthdata, formerly EOS-Webster, since 1998.
The New Hampshire Health Web Reporting and Query System, or NH HealthWRQS, is a web-based data analysis system that allows public health practitioners the ability to query data and view reports instantly about the health of New Hampshire communities. The system is organized in a series of modules based on common community health indicators.
Each module contains:
- A user's guide which provides detailed, module-specific information
- An introduction to the module
- Instructions on running and interpreting standard indicator reports
- Methodology and terminology used within the module
- Detailed indicator lists with descriptions
The NH HealthWRQS website also contains information about the history and future of the system, training opportunities, and other sources of documentation. This website was created through funding from the CDC State Assessment Initiative.
Aside from taking care of the general content management and web hosting, RCC created a web application GUI for Statistical Analysis Software(SAS)-generated reports which allow a user to generate a report based off criteria they input.
Healthy UNH is a campus-wide initiative at the University of New Hampshire that encourages faculty, staff, and students to improve their health while simultaneously decreasing health care costs. Its goal is to make UNH the healthiest campus community in the country by 2020.
Healthy UNH has identified major health issues that need to be addressed, including rising rates of chronic disease; the need for better information about resources to promote health; evidence of increasing rates of stress, anxiety, and other mental health issues; and spiraling health care costs.
RCC's web team designed, programmed and maintains the Healthy UNH system. The site uses open layers GIS to display the maps to assist users in finding the areas on campus to find a healthy meal and exercise.
The Institute for the Study of Earth, Oceans and Space (EOS) at the University of New Hampshire examines the forces controlling the universe and shaping life on Earth through quantitative studies and state-of-the-art understanding of earth and space science. The Institute is a major international research center, and the largest institute at UNH. The University is consistently ranked among the top U.S. schools in NASA funding, in large part due to the multitude of EOS projects funded by NASA. EOS is one of NASAs Earth System Partners and has been designated a Center of Excellence in satellite remote sensing and Solar-Terrestrial Theory. A distinguishing mark of the Institute is its emphasis on interdisciplinary collaborations between earth, ocean, and space scientists.
The Research Computing Center provides all forms of computer services for all members of the EOS institute, including IT, MIS, Web and networking solutions. RCC has maintained a close relationship with EOS since 1985.
This web-based tool can help users locate contractors, installers, and vendors who provide energy efficiency and renewable energy products and services in and around New Hampshire. It can also help identify federal, state, and utility incentives for reducing the costs of energy improvements.
The New Hampshire Medicaid Electronic Health Record (EHR) Incentive Program provides incentive payments to eligible professionals and eligible hospitals as they demonstrate adoption, implementation, upgrade, or meaningful use of certified EHR technology. This incentive program is designed to support providers in this period of Health IT transition and instill the use of EHRs in meaningful ways to help our nation to improve the quality, safety, and efficiency of patient health care.
The Electronic Provider Incentive Payment system (ePIP) is for the New Hampshire Medicaid EHR Incentive Program. It is hosted by the University System of New Hampshire. Providers electing to participate in the program will use this system to register and attest to program criteria.
RCC engineered the Electronic Provider Incentive Payment System (ePIP) software that facilitates provider requests for incentive payments. RCC configured ePIP to interface in near real-time with both CMS (Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services) and New Hampshire Medicaid databases that facilitate the payment approval and disbursement processes.
The New Hampshire Geographically Referenced Analysis and Information Transfer System (NH GRANIT) is a cooperative project to create, maintain, and make available a statewide geographic database serving the information needs of state, regional, and local decision-makers. A collaborative effort between the University of New Hampshire and the NH Office of State Planning, the core GRANIT System is housed at the UNH Institute for the Study of Earth, Oceans, and Space in Durham. It includes:
- A geographic database
- Hardware and software to build, manage, and access the database
- A staff of experts knowledgeable in geographic information systems, image processing, and computer analysis
In addition to database development and maintenance, the GRANIT staff offers a range of application development, training, and related technical services to GIS users in the state and the region.
The Research Computing Center provides computer related support for GRANIT including IT, MIS, web, database and scientific programming. RCC helped GRANIT create their web-based data download system and worked in conjunction with GRANIT to help them participate in the NH Wildlife Sightings program. In 2013, RCC helped develop the GRANIT View.
PIPR is a web resource developed specifically for entrepreneurs, innovators, investors and financial institutions to help make the commercialization of intellectual property easier and more efficient. The website is part of a three-state pilot project led by the Enterprise Integration Research Center (EIRC) at the University of New Hampshire and funded by the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). Project collaborators include Franklin Pierce Law Center, the UNH Research Computing Center and the States of Maine, New Hampshire and Massachusetts.
RCC has helped EIRC to develop and host PIPR. PIPR is the home of RightsCheck, a powerful analytical tool designed to help entrepreneurs and financial investors unlock the value of intellectual capital by providing one-stop access to the most current, publicly available federal and state data on patent ownership and encumbrances. RightsCheck currently offers two powerful search engines: Patent Rights (PR) Search, which searches the federal patent assignment database; and Security Interest (SI) Search, which allows users to search the Uniform Commercial Code (UCC) Article Nine electronic database notice systems in three states--Maine, Massachusetts and New Hampshire.
RCC is helping the UNH Environmental Health & Safety (EH&S) department develop a web application that will allow them to identify and track research projects involved in such areas as human subjects, radioactive materials, and recombinant DNA.
The UNH Department of Housing's mission is to provide residents and University guests with a safe, comfortable, and affordable living environment that promotes learning, social interaction and personal growth; to maintain facilities advance technology and provide services that are attentive to resident needs and concerns; and to ensure efficient and effective management of operations and resources.
The Research Computing Center has created custom database-driven web applications to allow the UNH Department of Housing to provide on-line web services to their customers, the residents of UNH. RCC created and continues to support 'Assignments On-Line', 'MR On-Line', 'Damage Billing On-Line', 'Assistance On-Line', and 'Housing room applications' allowing students 24-hour real-time access to these resources.
UNH has conducted an on-going energy efficiency program for the past 30 years. The University spends over $12 million annually and needs to constantly analyze its buildings to reduce costs. The 600+ meters on campus allow the Energy Office to monitor where energy consumption can be reduced through repairs, upgrades, and changes to building operations. UNH also conducts many energy awareness programs to encourage energy conserving activities by the campus community. The Energy Office's metering data allows the University to track and report on the savings achieved.
RCC has contributed significantly to the UNH Energy Office goal of saving energy and illustrating the impacts of energy conservation. The sharing of energy consumption data allows building occupants to understand first-hand how their actions can impact the campus community and reduce our energy production.
The University Advising and Career Center provides:
- Academic advising
- Help with choosing a major
- Information on potential careers
- "How to" videos
- Internship and job opportunities
- Resume resources
- Career advising
RCC has helped the University Advising and Career Center replace their existing commercially-sourced job search software with a custom UNH-designed and programmed web application which is hosted at http://jobline.unh.edu.
The USNH Event Management System (EMS) was created to provide all USNH users a way to present event registration forms on the world wide web and allow users to register for USNH events and pay for those registrations on line using a credit card or E-check.
EMS went live in February 2005. RCC's web team designed, programmed and maintains the USNH Events Management system with the approval and guidance of the USNH EPOC committee. Parties interested in using EMS should contact their EMS campus administrator, or contact Allan Wright (firstname.lastname@example.org) for more information.
RCC was selected to receive the 2006 Brad Perry Award in June, 2006. This award is given by USNH in recognition of accomplishments that improve the operations of the University System. RCC has been recognized for their work on EMS in support of the Keene State College Housing Deposit Process.