Glossary of terms used on Betacell.org
Last revision: May 6, 2011 by Thomas Houfek & J.-P. Cartailler
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Access Scope -- A scope of visibility assigned to a Resource contributed to the BCBC Resource Collections. This determines whether detailed metadata describing the Resource are visible to (a) BCBC 3.0 Investigators and Co-Investigators; (b) BCBC 3.0 Investigators, Co-Investigators, and Affiliates; or (c) the Public (everyone). The access scope is determined by the contributor of the Resource on the Review page of the Resource Wizard when the Resource is contributed to the BCBC Resource Collections.
Affiliate -- A non-investigator member of the BCBC who is directly employed by a BCBC Investigator. Affiliates can be research professors, postdoctoral fellows, graduate students, research assistants and other essential support staff. They may not be independently funded Principal Investigators. Also, this is the default member role, with least privilege, in a Lab Workspace.
BCBC -- the Beta Cell Biology Consortium.
BCBC Investigator -- (Variously, BCBC 3.0 Investigator.) This is a designation that is conferred by NIDDK Program Staff and that carries special privileges within the BCBC. (i) BCBC Investigator status may be granted to an independently-funded investigator who receives funding from a BCBC grant awarded in response to RFA-DK-09-011 or from a Seeding Collaborative Research in Beta Cell Biology (SCRBCB) award. BCBC Investigators must be leading a project of major significance to the consortium's mission and contribute at least 10% of his/her research effort to his/her BCBC project(s). On multiple-investigator awards, the principal investigator (PI) as well as project leaders (PLs) who meet the 10% effort requirement may qualify for BCBC investigator status. (ii) In rare occasions BCBC investigator status may be granted by NIDDK Program Staff to a Co-investigator whose expertise and/or contribution to the overall mission of the BCBC is seen as particularly significant.
BCBC 3.0 -- The third funding cycle of the Beta Cell Biology Consortium.
BCBC Resource Collection -- In the plural, i.e. BCBC Resource Collections, designates the total collection of Resources contributed by registered members of Betacell.org, and approved by the curators of the BCBC. In the singular, may refer to a subset of the total collection, where the Resources are all of a given type. For example, the Antibody Resource Collection is a BCBC Resource Collection.
Co-contributor -- In relation to a particular Resource, the Workspace (variously also a Workspace Leader) that is registered as having helped to contribute the Resource. Co-contributor status conveys edit privileges while the Resource is in the In Progress/Private state.
Co-Investigator -- BCBC Co-Investigator. An independently-funded investigator who (i) receives funding from a multi-investigator U01 grant awarded in response to RFA-DK-09-011 but is not contributing at least 10% of his/her research effort to his/her BCBC project(s), or is not leading a project of major significance to the mission of the consortium, or (ii) receives funding from a BCBC special funding program..
Committee Workspace -- A workspace supporting collaboration within a committee of the BCBC 3.0.
Contributor -- In relation to a particular Resource, the Workspace (variously also a Workspace Leader) that is registered as the primary annotator of a Resource -- possibly with help from co-contributors. The term may be applied even in reference to a Resource that has not yet been contributed to the BCBC Resource Collections. Only a Lab Workspace or Core Workspace may be a contributor.
Core Workspace -- (variously, "Core Facility Workspace") A workspace supporting collaboration within a core facility of the BCBC 3.0.
Core Director -- The user who administers a Core Workspace: the Director of the Core Facility.
Core Manager -- A member role in a Core Workspace. Core Managers are appointed by the Core Director to help administer the Workspace, and have broader permissions than Core Staff. Analogous to the Delegate role for a Lab Workspace.
Core Staff -- The default member role, with least privilege, in a Core Workspace.
Delegate -- A member role in a Lab Workspace. Delegates are appointed by the Lab Workspace Leader to help administer the Workspace, and have broader permissions than Affiliates. Analogous to the Core Manager role for a Core Workspace.
Lab Workspace -- A workspace supporting collaboration within a laboratory participating in the BCBC 3.0.
Lab Workspace Leader -- (In the context of a Lab Workspace, displayed merely as "Leader") The user who administers a Lab Workspace: the BCBC Investigator or co-investigator that leads that laboratory.
Project Leader -- The user who administers a Project Workspace: the investigator assigned to lead its research project.
Project Participant -- The default member role, with least privilege, in a Project Workspace.
Project Workspace -- A workspace supporting collaboration amongst members of a research project funded by the BCBC 3.0.
Resource -- Some cogent data set useful to beta cell research. Every Resource has a Resource Type, and is identified by a Resource ID (abbreviated RID#).
Resource Type -- One of a number of kinds of Resource supported by Betacell.org: as of the latest revision of this glossary, the supported types are:
- Adenovirus constructs
- Genomics studies
- Mouse ES cell lines
- Mouse strains
Resource Request -- An electronic request by a user (the "requester") for some item related to a Resource. Depending on the Resource Type, the item may be a tangible to be shipped (e.g. a reagent), or additional data that may be accessed. The request is made of a Laboratory or Core Facility Workspace (the "supplier").
Resource Request System -- Collective name for the mechanisms on Betacell.org that support electronic requests between users and Workspaces that provide Items related to Resources.
Resource Wizard -- A tool providing a series of pages with forms and other data entry components which are used to annotate a Resource. Some of the pages of the Resource Wizard apply to all Resource Types, while others are specialized to capture metadata appropriate to a particular Resource Type.
Workgroup Workspace -- A workspace supporting collaboration within a workgroup of the BCBC 3.0.
Workspace -- A private area of Betacell.org supporting collaboration among the BCBC 3.0 members assigned to it. Different types of Workspaces provide slightly differing sets of features. Presently the Workspace types are: Committee Workspace, Core Workspace, Lab Workspace, Project Workspace, and Workgroup Workspace.
This concludes the Glossary of terms used on Betacell.org