IBP Update Issue No. 1 October 2011


IBP portal – coming soon to your very own screen

It’s a Grand Opening to which you’re all warmly invited! Starting 20th October 2011, please visit the IBP portal at www.integratedbreeding.net. In the meantime, we are taking the liberty to set up accounts on the portal for all of you, which will also provide you access to the additional tools and services of the iPlant Collaborative cyber infrastructure for biological research. You will receive notoficatoion when your account is set up. Once you log on, you can also sign up for your community or communities of interest and start sharing knowledge and materials to implement successful integrated breeding projects. Although the portal itself is open to all, at the moment, we are limiting access to the tools under development to you only as registered members of our user-case projects so that you can help us develop them in the way you would like them to be. Thereafter, more polished versions of these tools will be offered to all breeders. Meanwhile, we’re providing an advance a sketch-map to help you get started on the 20th on your tour exploring the new portal – here’s a sample of some of the great features we’ll have in store for you… Continue reading

Optimising OptiMAS - We need your help

A new version of OptiMAS is available! From 20th October, you can download it from the portal. This version now features the following improvements over the one demonstrated at Wageningen in June 2011. This version now features the following improvements over the one demonstrated at Wageningen in June 2011: the algorithm runs 2–3 times faster; the format of input files has been simplified and is similar to Flapjack format; the input data can be prepared in Excel and imported as tab-delimited text files; the interface for importing data has been simplified; two examples datasets (biparental and multiparental) have been integrated within the software; and a manual and tutorial are available through the Help icon. Please let us know about problems, bugs, feature requests and any comments you may have, by clicking on the ‘Add new comment’ link on the OptiMAS page.

Forward march on the Fieldbook

We have a new version of the Fieldbook! From 20th October, you can download it from the portal. Additional features since the June version include:

  • Wizards to export your measurement table to Excel, Fieldlog/Fieldroid and for analysis through R
  • Functions to create, edit, delete and search traits, methods and scales have been added
  • The balanced lattice square design for field trials has been added to the previous unreplicated, randomised complete block and alpha lattice designs

Please let us know about problems, bugs, feature requests and any comments you may have, by clicking on the ‘Add new comment’ link on the Fieldbook page.

Digital data collection

After initial testing of small electronic handheld devices for field data collection, followed by extensive testing of alternative options on the market, an appropriate digital tablet was identified.

Last month (September 2011), 20 tablets were distributed to IBP users from research programmes in Africa and Asia for pre-test. Should this user evaluation be positive, the plan is to distribute more of these tablets in the future, to a total ‘dosage’ of between 100–200 tablets in all in the course of the next 12 months. Continue reading

‘Dosing’ the digital divide: A tablet for that field-to-desk headache

From small and sweet to bigger and better, this ‘cure’ might just do the trick... After initial testing of small electronic handheld devices for field data collection, followed by extensive testing of alternative options on the market, an appropriate digital tablet was identified. Last month (September 2011), 20 tablets were distributed to IBP users from research programmes in Africa and Asia for pre-test. Continue reading

 

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