IGB needs your help - please write us a letter of support
Funding for IGB expires July, 2016. To continue the project, we’re submitting a grant to the US National Institutes of Health requesting another three years of funding. If successful, we'll be able to continue improving IGB, answering your requests for help and support, and adding new datasets and genomes to IGB.
If you would like to continue using IGB, please help us make a convincing case for continued funding by writing a letter of support for the project.
Resources for supporting software are limited, and renewal of our funding is by no means guaranteed. This means your letter is essential. A small investment of your time could make the difference between continuing or canceling the IGB project.
If you can help, please address your letter to "The Review Panel" or to IGB project Principal Investigator Ann Loraine. Use the button below to upload your letter as a PDF, Word, or plain text file, preferrably using the letterhead of your institution.
Please email your letter to the IGB team.
Suggestions on how to write your support letter
Please include lots of detail about how - and why - you or your research group uses IGB.
- Describe your research and the kinds of data you use IGB to view and analyze.
- What features do you like best and use the most?
- There are many genome browsers available - and that's a good thing! It means you have more options. What aspects of IGB stand out in your mind?
- Describe your research and how IGB plays a role. What would be harder for you to do if you did not have access to IGB?
- Do you use IGB Quickload to share data? Do you wish this were easier?
- For the next funding period, we're proposing to create an easy-to-use Quickload builder tool for you to create and publish Quickload sites - using Dropbox or similar services. If you like this idea, please mention this in your letter.
- If you contacted the IGB team for help and thought we did a good job answering your question or fixing a bug you noticed, you could mention that.
To help you get started, here is a simple template.
If you have questions, concerns, or suggestions, please contact IGB project lead Ann Loraine.