Terrell Russell, Ph.D.


Executive Director, iRODS Consortium

Consortium Update

June 13-16, 2023

iRODS User Group Meeting 2023

Chapel Hill, NC

15th Annual iRODS User Group Meeting


Thank you, Dawn

Goodbye, Dave

The iRODS Consortium

Our Mission

  • Continuous Improvement
  • Grow the Community
  • Standardization
  • Show value to our Membership

The iRODS Consortium

Founded in 2013 by RENCI, DICE, and DDN

Our Membership







Since iRODS UGM 2022

  • 23 Membership Renewals
  • 3 New Members
  • 3 New Service Contracts
  • Multiple Proofs of Concept
  • 17 Conferences and Events
  • 2 New Hires
  • 4 Internships
  • 1 Baby

Since iRODS UGM 2022 - New Memberships

2022-2023 Working Groups

Technology Working Group

  • Goal: To keep everyone up to date, provide a forum for roadmap discussion and collaboration opportunities
    • All iRODS Consortium Membership


Metadata Templates Working Group

  • Goal: To define a standardized process for the application and management of metadata templates by the iRODS Server
    • NIEHS, Utrecht, Maastricht, Arizona / CyVerse


Authentication Working Group

  • Goal: To provide a more flexible authentication mechanism to the iRODS Server
    • SURF, NIEHS, Sanger, Arizona / CyVerse, IT4Innovation, Utrecht, KU Leuven

S3 Working Group

  • Goal: To develop tools to present iRODS as S3-compatible storage to existing S3 clients
    • Arizona / CyVerse, NIEHS



Imaging Working Group

  • Goal: To provide a standardized suite of imaging policies and practices for integration with existing tools and pipelines
    • New York University, Santa Clara University, UC San Diego, NIEHS, Harvard, Arizona / CyVerse, Open Microscopy Environment (OMERO), UNC Neuroscience Microscopy Core, KU Leuven, Maastricht, NYU Langone, UMass Medical, Netherlands Cancer Institute, Sanger, UCSC, Crick (UK), U. Osnabrück, CRS4 (Italy), RIKEN (Japan)

Organized community efforts to standardize protocols, technologies, and methodologies

2022-2023 Efforts

  • Development of Localized User Groups
    • Global community requires local sustainability


  • Increased travel and presence


  • Broadened focus with multiple partnerships
    • Globus
    • Pacific Teck
    • CSIR
    • ThinkParQ
    • Boston UK


  • ​Continued RENCI engagement and projects

Our Business Model

Start with proof of concept

  • Use Case Driven
  • Hands on
  • Service and Support Contracts


Consortium Membership

  • Four Levels - $11k to $165k
  • 10 to 300 hours of support
  • Participation in Software roadmap
  • Discounted hourly rate


Tier 3 Support

  • Systems Integrators
  • Compute Vendors
  • Storage Vendors

Thank you


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