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Data Science at NIH: News Roundup

Posted by on February 16th, 2016 Posted in: News from NIH, Technology

This post includes a roundup of events where National Institutes of Health (NIH) Data Science and Big Data to Knowledge (BD2K) initiatives will be represented, an overview of current funding, and a recap of the Big Data to Knowledge Multi-Council Working Group meeting held last month.  Learn more about the Data Science at NIH site.

Upcoming Events

February 18, 2016: H3ABioNet Seminar — Online

H3ABioNet (the Pan African Bioinformatics Network for H3Africa) Research Working Group (RSWG), is holding a H3AioNet seminar on Thursday, February 18, 2016 at 5:00-6:00am PST/8:00am-9:00am EST. The theme for the H3BioNet February 2016 seminars is “Big Data”. Two seminar talks will be provided by distinguished scientists,  Dr. Matthew McQueen, University of Colorado Boulder and Prof. Victor Jongeneel, Senior Research Scientist at the National Center for Supercomputing Applications,  both of whom are working in the arena of big data that will focus on the current challenges, strategies and ongoing infra-structure initiatives to deal with big data and genomics. Each seminar talk will be 15 to 20 minutes long and followed by a 10 to 15 minute question and answer sessions between audience participants and the speakers. More information

April 1, 2016: Federal Health On FHIR Code-a-Thon — Washington, DC

The hottest topic in Healthcare interoperability right now is FHIR (pronounced Fire), HL7’s Fast Health Interoperability Resource framework. FHIR has caught the imagination and attention of developers across the Healthcare world by offering a developer-friendly Application Programming Interface (API) and a rich set of simple, but flexible standard data formats. A two-day code-a-thon event will provide an opportunity to demonstrate, collaborate, and innovate with fellow developers and create the next generation of data-powered health applications. The Code-a-thon will include a friendly competition where the winners will be given the opportunity to showcase their work at the Health Datapalooza that takes place May 8-11 in Washington DC. More information

April 20, 2016: GlobusWorld 2016 Developer Workshop: Building the Modern Research Data Portal — Washington, DC

New high-speed networks make it possible, in principle, to transfer and share research data at tremendous speeds and scales–but have also proved challenging to use in practice. Two new technologies now allow us to translate this potential into reality: Science DMZ architectures provide frictionless end-to-end network paths; and Globus APIs allow programmers to create powerful research data portals that leverage these paths for data distribution, staging, synchronization, and other useful purposes. At this workshop, real-world examples will  show how these new technologies can be applied to realize immediately useful capabilities.  More information

July 8-12, 2016: International Conference on Intelligent Systems for Molecular Biology (ISMB 2016) — Orlando, Florida

In a special session held on July 11, “Compressive Omics: Making Big Data Manageable through Data Compression,”  speakers will seek community input and feedback about requirements for software and suggestions for new applications. This session will also benefit the scientific community by providing a perspective on the cutting-edge software development efforts for biomedical big data. Attendees will have the opportunity to learn about NIH’s perspective on the software needs of the biomedical community, based on detailed information on the projects recently funded by the BD2K program. More information


Several BD2K Funding Opportunity Announcements (FOAs) are currently posted. Take a look at Active Research FOAs.

Big Data to Knowledge Multi-Council Working Group meeting recap

The Big Data to Knowledge Multi-Council Working Group meeting held on January 11, 2016. Slide desks of the following open session presentations are available:

BD2K Update: Presented by Dr. Philip Bourne. A public summary of the major highlights arising from the BD2K initiative in 2015 and reported to the BD2K Multi-Council Working Group. This presentation included a side-by-side comparison of the Data and Informatics Working Group (DIWG) recommendations and BD2K Implementation of those recommendations, a review of trends, and a visual overview of the NIH Commons framework. Planning for Pi Day 2016 at NIH is already in the works. Finally, the Open Science Prize, which aims to unleash the power of open content and data to advance biomedical research and its application for health benefit, is accepting applications through Feb 29, 2016.

BD2K -Workforce Development and Diversity FY17 Concepts: Presented by Dr. Michelle Dunn and Dr. Erica Rosemond. This presentation focuses on mapping BD2K workforce development goals to proposed concepts of Open Educational Resources, Programs Designed to Enhance Diversity and Build Capacity, Predoctoral Training Grant, Mentored Career Development Award, Career Transition Award for Intramural Investigators,  and Curriculum Development. It also lays out the coordination of training programs and awards for different career stages and audiences, and portfolios for FY14-16.

QuBBD Program Innovation Lab and FOA: Presented by Vinay Pai, Jennifer Couch, Gabriel Rosenfeld, and Michelle Dunn (NIH) and Nandini Kannan (NSF). The goal of the Quantitative Approaches to Biomedical Big Data (QuBBD) program is to nurture new interdisciplinary teams (biomed from NIH and mathematics, statistics, and computer sciences from National Science Foundation) to address data science roadblocks.

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