George C. Alter

BioCADDIE (Biomedical and healthCAre Data Discovery and Indexing Ecosystem-Supplement

Research Project Description
George C. Alter, Mary Katherine Vardigan

The Biomedical and Healthcare Data Discovery and Indexing Engine Center (BioCADDIE) will explore the best approaches to creating an environment where data are discoverable, accessible and citable. BioCADDIE is a collaborative consortium through which biomedical researchers and data science experts will together pose key questions, test new concepts, and provide the NIH and the broader community of stakeholders with the knowledge of the means for discovery, access, and citation of biomedical big data. BioCADDIE will use extensive community engagement through outreach, promotion of communication, the assembly of Working Groups to study relevant questions, and testing through pilot studies of approaches that will assess how best to effect data discovery and citation.

Dr. George Alter at the University of Michigan will collaborate with the University of California, San Diego to serve BioCADDIE as a member of the Executive and Steering Committees. He will be active on Work Groups 3 (Metadata) and 4 (Use Cases and Testing Benchmarks). These groups are defining a metadata standard for the bioCADDIE prototype and testing protocols. He will chair Work Groups 10 (Repository Collaboration) and 11 (Outreach meeting), which are reaching out to repositories to gain their advice and participation in the bioCADDIE data index prototype. Alter also represents bioCADDIE as co-chair of the BD2K Metadata Working Group, which is coordinating discussions about metadata among the twelve BD2K research and coordination centers.

Mary Vardigan will be active on Work Groups 3 (Metadata) and 5 (Data Citation Metrics). She will provide her expertise on metadata in general and on the Data Documentation Initiative in particular. Vardigan will also assist Alter with Work Group 10 (Repository Collaboration), which will involve contacting biomedical repositories and organizing virtual and in person meetings.

Jared Lyle will be active on Work Groups 3 (Metadata) and 7 (Machine Actionable Licenses). These groups will define standards and policies, and Lyle will contribute expertise from his training in information science and his experience at ICPSR. He will also assist Alter with Work Group 11 (Outreach meeting), which will introduce data providers to the bioCADDIE prototype.

Funding: National Institute Of Allergy And Infectious Diseases (subcontract: 1 U24 AL 117966 01)

Funding Period: 9/29/2014 to 8/31/2016

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