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BioCADDIE (Biomedical and healthCAre Data Discovery and Indexing Engine)-Year 3

a PSC Research Project

Investigators:   George C. Alter, Amy M. Pienta, Jared Alan Lyle

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 Task Forces to study relevant questions, and testing through pilot studies of approaches that will assess how best to effect data discovery and citation.

The ICPSR staff at the University of Michigan will collaborate with the University of California, San Diego on this project. Dr. George Alter will serve as leader of the Data Showcase Task Force and a member of the Steering Committee. The Data Showcase Task Force is responsible for developing mechanisms to facilitate access and use of data. As Task Force leader, Alter will recruit Task Force members representing the needs of NIH data producers and users. The Task Force will solicit proposals for pilot projects, review and rank proposals, and monitor and assist pilot projects after funding. Specifically in year 3, he will be active on Work Groups 3 (Metadata) and 4 (Use Cases and Testing Benchmarks), and he co-chairs Work Group 6&10 (CRISIS/Repository Collaboration) and will chair Working Group 11 (Repository Outreach). Alter also represents bioCADDIE as co-chair of the BD2K Metadata Working Group.

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 will assist Alter with Working Group 11 (Repository Outreach) which will involve contacting biomedical repositories and organizing virtual and in person meetings.

Amy Pienta will assist Alter with Working Group 11 (Repository Outreach) which will involve contacting biomedical repositories and organizing virtual and in person meetings. She will also assist with Working Group 9: End User Evaluation Criteria.

Funding Period: 09/01/2016 to 08/31/2017

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