Technology plays a critical role in the Genographic Project. Our emerging technologies team is excited to lead the charge in designing and providing the multiple solutions required for this initiative to truly take flight and be sustained for the next five years.
IBM is committed to ensuring that the information technology provided to the project is always one step ahead of where the research team requires it to be. The systems enhance and accelerate the capabilities of the scientific team. We ask them only to push to fulfill their dreams for answering key questions about mankind, and IBM will make the technology needed to transform those dreams into a reality.
The DNA Analysis Repository (DAR) is one example of the substantial information technology capability of the Genographic Project. Already a formidable data warehousing and access solution with over a terabyte of available storage, it will grow as the project expands, with the ability to integrate the latest toolsets and data mining capabilities as they come online.
We listened to the needs of our scientific team as we planned the execution of the Genographic Project.
What we heard was their compelling desire to share knowledge and best practices with their fellow Genographic team colleagues, regardless of geographic or time differences. In that way, these leading scientists could collaborate as a true team, furthering the project's goals.
IBM's latest community tools have been applied to the team's field collection systems. When connected to the Internet, these tools provide instant messaging and other real-time communication capabilities that link our principal investigators as never before. And as with all the technology provided here, IBM will continue to upgrade and enhance these tools as they're designed and introduced. In fact, efforts like the Genographic Project help our people learn more about how our technologies can evolve, and inspire us to create new ones.