SBGrid Developer Support Program

In an effort to show our appreciation for their hard work and to encourage the continuing development and support of cutting edge structural biology software, SBGrid offers a Developer Support Program featuring a wide array of benefits for structural biology software developers.

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SBGrid Advisory Meeting, Harvard Medical School, Jun 2011.

Connect With Users and Visit SBGrid in Boston

Announcing a new version of your software? We can use webex to broadcast your presentation to all laboratories participating in our consortium. We can also disseminate information about your application to our community in our monthly newsletter. Visiting Boston? Please let us know because we'd love to schedule a seminar for members of our local structural biology community.

Developer Network

We can provide access to a dedicated development and test network for software developers. As a developer of an SBGrid supported application, you can request an account on this network and use our infrastructure to build and test your application on a wide range of operating systems.

Support Letters

When applying for grants or financial support please let us know! We can provide support letters on behalf of members of SBGrid Consortium. Letters would include details about our membership, number of computers that can access your software, operating systems used by our community, etc. Please use the contact form on the SBGrid website.

Software Beta Testing

You are welcome to use SBGrid laboratories to beta-test your software. Just let us know when the new beta is available, and we will install it for all participating laboratories or a limited subset that you choose.

SBGrid Consortium Membership

If your application is under active maintenance or development, your development group is entitled to free membership in the consortium. Letting us maintain your general structural biology software environment leaves you with more time to concentrate on your unique software contribution to the community.

Annual Software Awards

Members of SBGrid Consortium vote in an annual poll to select their favorite structural biology application. Paul Emsley was the winner of the first poll. He won a Macbook Air laptop for his application Coot.

Stretch Your Resources

First level software support is provided by the SBGrid non-profit center at Harvard Medical School. All members of the consortium communicate with the service center for assistance with software installation, upgrades, and basic troubleshooting. For many of the mundane problems involving installation, operating system portability and environmental set up, SBGrid members will never need to contact you for support. Your expertise with the software be best utilized answering questions and working on problems that directly involve the science behind your application.

Broad Exposure for Your Software

More than 140 structural biology laboratories from 50 institutions in 11 countries participate in the Consortium including the labs of 25 HHMI investigators and 2 Nobel Prize winners. Deployment of your application can be customized to include only non-profit labs or broadened to include industry labs as well. Please visit the Consortium website for the full list of participating groups that can benefit from rapid access to your software. Please note that most SBGrid Consortium laboratories standardize on hardware and operating systems, which simplifies the installation and support process.

Development Network

Please visit the SBGrid Support Wiki for a listing of computational and development resources we offer to software deveopers.