The Custom Information Solutions (CIS) Team also provides consulting and evaluations of various commercial tools available to provide bibliographic portfolio analysis. This includes options for merging bibliographic sources and grant funding to create evaluative tools that help grant managers more efficiently manage their disease research portfolios. Many of our efforts have leveraged the power of the open source Drupal web development platform to build custom disease-specific portfolio analysis web sites. Most notably is the NIH Director's award winning effort with the National Institute on Aging (NIA) called the International Alzheimer's Disease Research Portfolio (IADRP).
Building upon the flexibility of the open source Drupal web development platform, the library also creates virtual collaboration spaces, or "Virtual Research Environments" on a specific topic or set of information. The most notable project to date is a joint effort with the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) to build the Pandemic Influenza Digital Archive (PIDA).