Dr Sansone's virtual lecture on interoperability standards and metadata

Dr Sansone's virtual lecture on interoperability standards and metadata

On Friday 21 October, Dr Susanna-Assunta Sansone took part in the NIH Big Data to Knowledge (BD2K) Initiative virtual lecture series on the data science underlying modern biomedical research.

Starting from September 2016, weekly presentations from experts across the country have covered the basics of data management, representation, computation, statistical inference, data modelling, and other topics relevant to "big data" in biomedicine.

In her lecture, which is now available online, Dr Sansone explored how interoperability standards (part of the FAIR principles) enable the operational processes underlying the exchange and sharing of information between different systems. These standards focus on the descriptions, or metadata, of digital objects, and include content standards, which aim for the transparent interpretation, verification and exchange of data. The use of content standards is vital for reproducible research, and for the integrative analysis and comparison of heterogeneous datasets from multiple sources, domains and disciplines.

In the webinar, Dr Sansone introduced the wealth of content standards available in the life and biomedical sciences; their life cycle, the ecosystem of stakeholders and initiatives, working to realize a vision of integrable content standards that seamlessly become part of the research data management enterprise of the future.

She also showcased the role of BioSharing - a curated, informative and educational resource on inter-related data standards, databases, and policies in the life, environmental and biomedical sciences. BioSharing is run by Susanna's team at the Centre and it is also a resource of the ELIXIR-UK Node and of the ELIXIR Interoperability Platform.

The work summarized in this web lecture is also covered in depth in a Literature Review and Think Piece she has co-authored for the Wellcome Trust's exploration of Open Research.

The webinar series is a collaboration between the TCC, the NIH Office of the Associate Director for Data Science, and BD2K Centers Coordination Center (BD2KCCC).

A video presentation from the seminar will be streamed for live viewing, recorded, and posted online for future viewing and reference. You can also see all the archived videos here.