There are fails in the public sector, too, and one was when the National Cancer Institute discovered that it had a problem on its hands to the tune of $350 million for an ambitious project. In March, the NCI's board of scientific advisers issued a report that said the CaBIG cancer research grid project was riddled with problems, InformationWeek's John Foley reported.
The CaBIG (Cancer Biomedical Informatics Grid) project aimed to provide shared computing power for biomedical research, plus produce software and formats to help scientists at NCI-funded cancer centers share results. But the advisers found too few cancer centers were using the resources, and that the effort had mushroomed into an unwieldy "software enterprise" of more than 70 applications, Foley reported. The board called for a halt on new development and a thorough audit, among other changes. File under: Software project scope gone wrong. --Laurianne McLaughlin