ARCHIVED: Completed project: Indiana CTSI HUB migration (EP Action Items 4, 6, 16, 70, 71)

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Primary UITS contact: Therese Miller, Research Technologies

Completed: December 7, 2015

Description: The goal of this project is to migrate the Indiana CTSI HUB portal from its HUBzero software architecture to a new web content management system based on Joomla! The Indiana Clinical and Translational Science Institute (CTSI), based on a $25 million National Institutes of Health Clinical and Translational Science Award (CTSA), was announced on May 29, 2008, as a partnership between Indiana University and Purdue. The Indiana CTSI was refunded at a $30M level in 2013 by the National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences (NCATS).

The Advanced Biomedical IT Core (ABITC) in Research Technologies manages the Indiana CTSI HUB. The initial Indiana CTSI HUB used the HUBzero platform that has since been determined to be insecure with no upgrade path to a production version. After review of several options, the Indiana CTSI HUB team decided to upgrade the HUB to the most recent, and secure, version of Joomla! (3.2.7). This decision was driven by the functionality of the platform, the familiarity of ABITC support personnel with Joomla!, and the familiarity of Indiana CTSI site administrators with the administrative processes and interfaces used by Joomla!

Outcome: The migration to the new Indiana CTSI Hub is designed to preserve the functional goals of the Indiana CTSI for this portal, to ensure a sustainably secure WCMS platform, and to modularize functionality to limit dependence on a single monolithic platform that would be difficult to upgrade and manage.

Milestones and status:

  • October 1, 2013: Indiana CTSI Clinical and Translational Science Award renewed for another 5 years for $30M. Grant: 1UL1 TR001108
  • February 18, 2014: Indiana CTSI withdrew from the HUBzero Consortium.
  • May 2014: Proposal to fund two technologists (one from OVPIT, one from the Indiana CTSI) to dedicate time to Hub migration approved. This proposal includes funding for a Joomla! consultant for site architectural implementation.
  • June 2014: Joomla! consultant begins work on rearchitecting Indiana CTSI HUB.
  • September 2014: Proposal approved to use ABITC salary savings to hire a third technologist to work on HUB migration.
  • September 2014: Proposal approved to fund an hourly staff person to work on migrating the Internal Grants Management System.
  • November 2015: Hub migration complete.

Comment process: Contact Therese Miller for general questions. Richard Meraz is project manager for the Indiana CTSI Hub projects.

Benefits: The Indiana CTSI Hub improves the ability of researchers at IU, IUSM, Purdue, and Notre Dame to discover and use translational resources that will serve to catalyze broader ("bench to bedside") research and translation to products that improve health outcomes.

The Hub architecture generally benefits virtual science communities by providing collaborative online tools for undertaking research. It provides research communities with innovative tools for multi-institutional collaboration. It positions IU competitively to lead national virtual research organizations. It also provides a ready environment to develop the next generation of web-based research tools for collaborative science.

Client impact: Primary clients include IU, Purdue, and Notre Dame health care researchers and ultimately practitioners, industry partners, and the public across Indiana. Secondary clients include researchers at other CTSAs across the country.

Related information: Clinical and Translational Science Awards

Aids achievement of the following Empowering People actions:

  • Recommendation A1
    • Action 4: Cyberinfrastructure. IU should continue to advance its local cyberinfrastructure, participation in national cyberinfrastructure, and its efforts to win federal funding of cyberinfrastructure programs that enhance IU's research capabilities.
    • Action 6: Leveraging partnerships. IU should continue its highly successful program of relationships with hardware, software, and services vendors, and seek additional partnerships and creative exchanges that provide mutual benefits.
  • Recommendation A4
    • Action 16: External funding. OVPIT should continue to lead and expand its efforts to effectively partner with academic units, campuses, administrative units, or individual investigators for external funding opportunities.
  • Recommendation C15
    • Action 70: IT-enabled research. IU should purposefully select areas of great and timely promise for strategic development of IT-enabled research, scholarship, and/or creative activity.
    • Action 71: IT-enabled research resources. IU should identify a base of resources to provide both initial and sustained investments in selected areas for IT-enabled research, scholarship, and/or creative activity. This may include reallocating current resources and developing new ones, including endowments, grants, and/or additional fees.

UITS project team:

  • Therese Miller, Director, Advanced Biomedical IT Core (Project Director)
  • Richard Meraz, Manager, Advanced Biomedical IT Core (Project Manager)
  • James Dudley, Advanced Biomedical IT Core
  • Abhijeet Malatpure, Advanced Biomedical IT Core

Principal Indiana CTSI collaborators:

  • Brenda Hudson, Operations Director, Indiana CTSI
  • Samantha Scahill, Office of the Director, Indiana CTSI
  • Joe Hunt, Indiana CTSI Evaluation Program
  • Bob Davis, Biostatistics Department, IUSM


  • UITS project sponsor: Craig Stewart, Associate Dean for Research Technologies
  • Indiana CTSI project sponsor: Anantha Shekhar, Director, Indiana CTSI, IUSM

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