From the CEO Desk


Keith Elliston, CEO tranSMART

December 15, 2014

The year 2014 is coming to an end, and it has been a very busy year at the tranSMART Foundation and within the tranSMART community. We had the successful community development of version 1.2 of the platform, and a highly successful launch. We formed our new, member-driven board of directors, and established a governance platform and process for the Foundation. We have activated our 3C's committees, and a plethora of working groups. We have established a governance program for the code-base, and successfully issued two updates to the platform (v1.2.1 and 1.2.2). We had an active and engaging Foundation Annual Community Meeting, hosted by the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor (with some spiffy new tranSMART Foundation fleeces). Overall we hosted 3 successful hackathons, 2 testathons and a community-wide testing program, and engaged over 100 developers in our development activities. Bio-IT World hosted a tranSMART workshop that was overflowing the facilities, with people standing in the aisles and doorways. Bio-ITWorld recognized the Foundation, UBIOPRED and Imperial College / eTRIKS with a Best Practices Award. We also recognized our key contributors with MVP and SuperStar awards at the Annual Meeting. All in all, it has been a very busy and productive year.

So what do we have to look forward to in 2015? Well, I am happy to say that the efforts here will continue and expand. We have our first datathon planned for March, organized with our partners at the Michael J. Fox
Foundation. We will host another pre-conference workshop and community meeting at the Bio-ITWorld event in Boston. We will be hosting additional hackathons to generate new functionality for the platform, and will host our first 'bugfixathon' over the first three months of 2015 to further the support of the platform. Our Foundation Annual Meeting will be held in Europe in 2015, and we have two sites in contention for hosting. Our architecture working group will host a workshop to discuss the furthering of the Roadmap for the platform, and our Content Committee has a number of events planned to enhance the content available on the platform. The Foundation management team is also expanding, to include a new European Community Manager and two new support roles for the Content and Code Committees.

With all these activities completed, and all the plans we have in place now, we have to turn our attention to resourcing these activities so that they can be sustained. To accomplish this, we have begun our 2015 Membership
Campaign, where we seek a 100% renewal rate of our current partners, and hope to increase the membership by over 50%. To do this, we need everyone's help to identify potential new members, and to advocate for their membership. In addition, we will be seeking to fund our Fellows Program, to provide sustainable funding for the Code Governance activities we have put in place. These activities need community-wide support, and I will be reaching out to each of you for your help to make these activities successful. The Foundation is committed to the sustained growth and support of the tranSMART community, and the team at the Foundation is committed to securing the resources to make that happen.

I hope that everyone enjoys the holiday and its festivities, and look forward to working with you to continue to grow the platform and community in the new year!

Be sure to watch this website and our various social media connections as we plan for the future!

Best regards,  Keith