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Web sites

The Division of Biomedical Informatics hosts a number of research-related web sites. These include stand-alone sites, or those requiring only a standard server configuration such as Apache/PHP/MySQL or IIS. We also offer researchers the ability to develop sites using two tools:

SharePoint: collaboration, document management, project management


An example SharePoint site.

SharePoint® is a licensed product from Microsoft® that is suitable for developing web sites that support interaction and collaboration among a team of users. A typical SharePoint site might include features such as:

  • Document libraries for storing files in Word®, Excel®, PDF and other formats
  • Calendars
  • Announcements
  • Discussion boards
  • Task lists
  • Wiki pages

With SharePoint, site administrators can control access and permissions at a fine-grained level.  For instance, a user may have permission to post messages to the discussion board but not to edit documents in a library.

Drupal: public information delivery

Drupal is an open-source content management system, or tool that enables anyone, regardless of technical knowledge or experience, to create, organize and maintain web pages. Drupal is particularly suitable for public sites that may be rich with information but are not highly interactive. Examples include:

  • Research lab sites
  • Grant/publication supplements
  • Study recruitment sites
  • This site -- it's Drupal-powered!

Which option is best for me?

We are happy to discuss the advantages and disadvantages of each of these options, and encourage researchers to contact us as early in the site development process as possible. Our web professionals also can assist with site design and development.  In fact, we will build your entire site for you if you wish.

Do you have any examples?

Yes. Check out our list of hosted sites.

How much does it cost?

See our charge-backs page for details.

How do I edit my content?

Take a look at our online user guide for help with frequently performed tasks.

Web applications

BMI hosts commercial, open-source and custom-built applications that support research projects.  If you need assistance developing a web application, see our software development page.


We currently host the following types of databases:

  • Oracle
  • MySQL
  • Microsoft SQL
  • FileMaker Pro
  • Postgres


If you are interested in using our hosting services, please send an email to the BMI Help Desk.

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