Tuesday, July 11, 2017

DataScience@NIH Updates from the NIH Interim Associate Director for Data Science

DataScience@NIH Updates

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DataScience@NIH News:

BD2K's bioCADDIE will host a webinar on "Diploid - Diverse Populations: Looking Inside the Datasets" presented by Dr. Oliver Harismendy from UC San Diego on July 13, 2017, 10:00 AM PT (1:00 PM ET). See information on how to join the webinar.

A webinar from the BD2K MD2K Center of Excellence on "Contextualizing Health Behaviors using Spatial Data and Technology: Advances, Opportunities, and Challenges" will be presented by Dr. Marta Jankowska of the University of California, San Diego. The webinar will take place 1 p.m. CT (2 p.m. ET) on Thursday, July 27 as part of the MD2K Webinar Series.

A consortium including several BD2K funded investigators have written "Identifiers for the 21st century: How to design, provision, and reuse persistent identifiers to maximize utility and impact of life science data" published in PloS: https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pbio.2001414. Poorly provisioned identifiers limit data reuse for disease discovery. Data integration platforms such as the Monarch Initiative (model organism and clinical genotype-to-phenotype; www.monarchinitiative.org), Bgee (model organism and human gene expression; http://bgee.org/), the NCATS Data Translator (a large-scale translational architecture creating a mechanistic classification of disease for clinical use; https://ncats.nih.gov/translator), PHAROS (illuminating the druggable genome; https://pharos.nih.gov/idg/index), and many others, all rely upon the information superhighway provisioned by a robust identifier landscape. This community effort aims to be an evolving identifiers standard. Comments and contributions are welcome at the Google group: id21c@googlegroups.com or comment on PloS manuscript itself. Twitter hashtag #ID21C. 

Data Science Opportunities:

The NIH Big Data to Knowledge program released Research Opportunity Announcement RM-17-026 to support a portion of the NIH Data Commons Pilot Phase Consortium (DCPPC). The purpose of this announcement is to invite applications from applicants who have an interest in performing high impact, cutting-edge scientific and computing activities necessary to establish an NIH Data Commons. The goal of the NIH Data Commons is to accelerate new biomedical discoveries by providing a cloud-based platform where investigators can store, share, access, and compute on digital objects (data, software, etc.) generated from biomedical research and perform novel scientific research including hypothesis generation, discovery, and validation.

  • Letters of Intent were required and were due June 30, 2017. Review of LOIs is underway.

Based on review of the LOIs, selected applicants will be invited to submit full applications by mid-July. Only those who receive invitations may apply.

The bioCADDIE DDICC Core Team is pleased to announce the release of DataMed v2.0! DataMed is designed to be for data what PubMed has been for scientific literature. This version of the Data Discovery Index (DDI) prototype includes many additional datasets and reflects considerable user/stakeholder input. The user interface has also been updated to reflect this input.

  • Your feedback is welcome, via the issue tracker included in the landing page.

The BD2K Training Coordinating Center has been creating and populating the Educational Resource Discovery Index (ERuDIte), a database of 10,000+ data science educational resources from collective BD2K activities and from around the web.

Data Science Events:  

The BD2K-supported Mobilize Center has organized a symposium on "Data Science in Biomechanics" at the 26th Congress of the International Society of Biomechanics (ISB) taking place July 23-27, 2017 in Brisbane, Australia. The symposium will highlight current applications of data science methods in biomechanics research, foster discussions of the challenges and opportunities with biomechanics data, and promote the sharing of data and knowledge within the community.

The NIH BD2K program will hold a special track at the Conference on Intelligent Systems for Molecular Biology and the European Conference on Computational Biology (ISMB/ECCB) July 23, 2017. The track will cover the objectives of the BD2K program since its inception in 2014 including facilitating broad use of biomedical digital assets by making them Findable, Accessible, Interoperable, and Reusable (FAIR). Read the BD2K special track agenda.

OpenSim will hold a thematic session at the 26th Congress of the International Society of Biomechanics (ISB) in Brisbane, Australia, July 2017. The goal of this session is to highlight the diversity of research being conducted with OpenSim. Speakers will discuss new methods for generating accurate simulations of movement and applications of the software to areas such as rehabilitation and the design of robotic assistive devices. Learn more about the session.

Jumping into OpenSim 4.0: Interactive Tutorial at ISB 2017. The OpenSim team from Stanford University and the BD2K Moblilize Center will lead an interactive tutorial on "Building Muscle-Driven" Simuations at the 26th Congress of the International Society of Biomechanics (ISB) in Brisbane, Australia, July 23-27, 2017. Learn more about the tutorial.

The Principle Investigator of the BD2K ENIGMA Consortium, Dr. Paul Thompson, will present the Keynote Lecture at the Cognomics Conference being held September 7-8, 2017 in Nijmegen, Netherlands. Registration for this conference is now open.

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