Elsevier and Seven Bridges receive NIH data commons grant for biomedical data analysis



Elsevier and Seven Bridges Genomics announced today that The National Institutes of Health (NIH) has awarded them a grant for the development of a comprehensive, open-source data analysis ecosystem as part of its Data Commons Pilot Phase. The project is designed to improve data efficiency and reliability for the over 70,000 biomedicine researchers in the U.S.

Dubbed “FAIR4CURES”, the project will provide tools, data and workflows, based on the Findable, Accessible, Interoperable, and Reusable (FAIR) principles.

PeriodJul 1 2017 → Nov 6 2017

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  • TitleNIH awards to test ways to store, access, share, and compute on biomedical data in the cloud
    Media name/outletNIH Website
    Country/TerritoryUnited States
    DescriptionTwelve awards totaling $9 million in Fiscal Year 2017 will launch a National Institutes of Health Data Commons Pilot Phase. A data commons is a shared virtual space where scientists can work with the digital objects of biomedical research, such as data and analytical tools. The NIH Data Commons will be implemented in a four-year pilot phase to explore the feasibility and best practices for making digital objects available through collaborative platforms. This will be done on public clouds, which are virtual spaces where service providers make resources, such as applications and storage, available over the internet. The goal of the NIH Data Commons Pilot Phase is to accelerate biomedical discoveries by making biomedical research data Findable, Accessible, Interoperable, and Reusable (FAIR) for more researchers.

    “Harvesting the wealth of information in biomedical data will advance our understanding of human health and disease,” said NIH Director Francis S. Collins, M.D., Ph.D. “However, poor data accessibility is a major barrier to translating data into understanding. The NIH Data Commons Pilot Phase is an important effort to remove that barrier.”
    PersonsAnita de Waard
  • TitleElsevier and Seven Bridges receive NIH Data Commons grant for biomedical data analysis
    Media name/outletProject to improve biomedical data efficiency and reliability
    Country/TerritoryUnited States
    PersonsBrandi Davis-Dusenbery, Anita de Waard