Beiwe Service Center

Overview

The purpose of the Beiwe Service Center (BSC) is to make the Beiwe platform available to investigators anywhere as a service. Under this model, we create the Beiwe study on our production version of the Beiwe platform that runs on our AWS account. This model is not a scientific collaboration with the Onnela Lab, but instead makes it possible for investigators to use Beiwe without having to deploy and maintain their own version of the open source code base. The fee of the service is used to cover operational costs, fix software bugs, and maintain the platform. The costing model that is used to calculate the cost to investigators for using Beiwe through the BSC is explained below. If you’re interested in using Beiwe as a service through BSC, please fill out this form, and we’ll be in touch shortly.

Costing Model

The Beiwe costing model addresses costs that are originate in three categories:  (1) personnel costs at Harvard; (2) data collection and storage costs on AWS;  and (3) software maintenance costs. The pricing of any BSC service contract depends on three parameters: (i) length of study in months (T); (ii) length of data collection per subject in months (t); and (iii) number of subjects (N). Here length of study refers to the time period between study creation and completion; length of data collection per subject refers to the average length of data collection for each individual subject; and number of subjects refers to the total number of subjects that data will be collected from during the contract period.

Example Pricing

Example 1.

A university-based investigator wants to collected data for N=50 subjects, where length of data collection per subject is t=3 months, and study duration is T=12 months. The total cost of the contract is $12,146.

Example 2.

A university-based investigator wants to collected data for N=25 subjects, where length of data collection per subject is t=12 months and study duration is T=12 months. The total cost of the contract is $15,333.

Example 3.

An investigator based at a for-profit entity wants to collected data for N=160 subjects, where length of data collection per subject is t=3 months, and study duration is T=12 months. The total cost of the contract is $23,584.