NEW YORK, March 19 (GenomeWeb News) - The UK's National Cancer Research Institute plans to establish a bioinformatics platform for sharing cancer research data from a variety of sources and disciplines, the organization said yesterday.
The initiative, announced in yesterday's Nature, complements an ongoing project by the US National Cancer Institute called Cancer Biomedical Informatics Grid, or caBIG (see BioInform 11/03/2003).
The NCRI, an umbrella organization of the UK's major cancer research funding bodies, plans to develop common vocabularies, ontologies, data models, and security standards to standardize and share cancer research data. As a first step, the NCRI is working on a joint data sharing policy.
Both the European Bioinformatics Institute and the NCI will be involved in the project.
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