The heart of Computercraft’s work is the development and optimization of complex biomedical databases essential to the global scientific community.
In supporting these preeminent sources of reliable and current genetic sequence, genomic, chemical, and scientific information, we contribute to continuing scientific research and discovery.
Scientific data management
Since 1991, Computercraft has worked with federal government agencies to develop and maintain some of the world’s largest publicly available genetic sequence databases, including GenBank, RefSeq, and dbGaP.
Through this technical and scientific work, we provide quality control for sequences submitted by U.S. and international researchers and archive the sequences, making them available to the global scientific community.
- Bioinformatics and scientific database development
- Development and deployment of tools to collect, integrate, and share data
- Analysis, annotation, and quality assurance of genetic sequences
- Collaboration with genomic researchers and other scientists
Computercraft assists researchers through our work in data science, a field that combines computer science and IT with statistics and data visualization to make sense of enormous amounts of data that may be quite heterogeneous and come from many sources.
We provide technical guidance and support to products like PubMed Central that make it possible to share millions of full-text journal articles with researchers and the public.
- Curation, integration, and dissemination of research data
- Development and deployment of biomedical literature databases
- Application of information retrieval methods, machine learning, and natural-language processing to text mining
- Analysis of open access models
Computercraft develops resources to standardize data collection and promote human health, including a database and web-based submissions portal used to track infectious disease outbreaks at U.S. national parks.
This system helps determine the epidemiology of outbreaks, respond with public health interventions, and monitor progress.
- Website, database, and software design and development
- Strategic IT planning
- Help desk support
- Standard and custom web analytics
- Usability and Section 508 testing and remediation
Health communication and outreach
Computercraft works with government agencies and underserved populations to expand access to reliable web-based health information, outreach materials, and conferences with the goal of reducing health disparities.
We also participate in scientific meetings throughout the country, prepare and give biomedical presentations, and creatively train the scientific community about publicly available bioinformatics and genomics databases and other tools through collaborative “hackathons."
- Development of clinical, programmatic, and policy materials for medical providers, scientists, and the public
- Website and content development
- Educational services to the scientific community
- Writing, editing, and graphics support
- Product management with strategic and tactical planning