iRODS 4.x Released
iRODS 4.0 was released in March 2014. The latest software is available at http://irods.org/download/.
The iRODS Consortium was created to ensure the sustainability of iRODS and to further its adoption and continued evolution.
The iRODS Consortium is operated at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill by RENCI, a research institute of UNC, in partnership with the DICE Center. Consortium members provide governance through the Executive Board and influence roadmap decisions through the Planning Committee. The Technology Working Group is composed of Consortium staff and satellite teams contributed by member organizations. The Executive Director and Chief Technologist are located at RENCI.
iRODS, the Integrated Rule-Oriented Data System, is a data grid software system developed by the Data Intensive Cyber Environments research group (developers of the SRB, the Storage Resource Broker), and collaborators. The iRODS system is based on expertise gained through a decade of applying the SRB technology in support of Data Grids, Digital Libraries, Persistent Archives, and Real-time Data Systems. iRODS management policies (sets of assertions these communities make about their digital collections) are characterized in iRODS Rules and state information. At the iRODS core, a Rule Engine interprets the Rules to decide how the system is to respond to various requests and conditions. iRODS is open source under a BSD license.
About DICE: The Data Intensive Cyber Environments (DICE) research group leads core development of the open source iRODS Integrated Rule-Oriented Data System. With more than a decade of award-winning research in advanced technologies for managing, sharing, publishing, and preserving digital data, the group is based at the DICE Center at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and the Institute for Neural Computation at the University of California, San Diego. For nearly twenty years, development of the core iRODS data grid system, and its predecessor, SRB, was funded by the National Science Foundation and the National Archives and Records Administration. iRODS funding and development began in 2006 and the first version, 0.5, was released later that year (see the Release Notes history page for more).