Dr Sansone presents at the NIH BD2K All Hands Meeting, Maryland

Dr Sansone presents at the NIH BD2K All Hands Meeting, Maryland

The Centre's Associate Director (Life, Natural and BioMedical Sciences), Dr Susanna-Assunta Sansone, will present at the NIH BD2K All Hands Meeting in Maryland on 29 -30 November. The meeting will bring together researchers, educators, developers, and trainees funded by the BD2K Initiative.

Entitled 'Showcasing the Developing Digital Ecosystem', it will feature a series of presentations on new scientific findings and impact across NIH BD2K, highlighting the breadth of activities from molecules to populations.

Dr Sansone will be presenting on the metadata model underpinning the NIH Data Discovery Index, named DataMed, which will do for data what PubMed has done for the literature.

This is the work of her team as part of the NIH bioCADDIE project, of which she is a co-Investigator.

The DataMed prototype is live and allows the scientific community to search for and find data across different repositories in one space. The underlying metadata model, or data tag suite (DATS), has evolved with input from the community; the model also includes a schema.org annotated serialization to allow DataMet to be also discoverable by Google and other major search engines.

She will also talk about Biosharing, another project run by her team at the Centre, during a session on Standards Development. Biosharing is a curated, informative and educational resource on inter-related data standards, databases, and policies in the life, environmental and biomedical sciences. Using appropriate data-related standards is critical for effectively making data Findable, Accessible, Interoperable and Reusable (FAIR).

The All-hands Meeting will be followed by a one day Open Data Science Symposium, a collaboration between the NIH BD2K and the Wellcome Trust, which will feature discussions with the leaders in big data, open science and biomedical research, and also showcase the finalists of the Open Data Science Prize, a worldwide competition to harness the innovative power of open data.

Attendance for the AHM is open to BD2K Grantees and NIH Staff only. However, a webcast will be available for members of the public, and the Open Data Science Symposium is open to all.