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caBIG Solicits Research Community's Input to Improve Data-Sharing Center

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The National Cancer Institute's Cancer Biomedical Informatics Grid is asking for the research community's input on a strategy for its data-sharing and intellectual capital, or DSIC, center.

To that effect, NCI subcontractor SAIC-Frederick issued a request for information on behalf of caBIG this week.

The RFI asks for information "regarding the feasibility of reshaping and refocusing the DSIC Knowledge Center."

In particular, the partners are exploring the "availability of sites interested in developing solutions to data sharing and intellectual capital" as well as "facilitating data usage among enterprise research and clinical applications, and evaluating the impact of the utilization of products supported by NCI for data sharing."

The RFI will expire on Sept. 16.

Maintained by the University of Michigan, the DSIC Knowledge Center is one of several knowledge centers that the caBIG created several years ago, covering areas such as imaging, clinical trials management, and molecular analysis tools. The DSIC center serves as a centralized source of processes, model agreements, and other resources aimed at facilitating data-sharing among the caBIG community.

The DSIC center also provides domain expertise, analysis and summary of relevant laws, regulations, policies, and standards, and their potential impact on data sharing, the development of decision support and analytic tools, model documents and best practices, authorship, publication, and dissemination of white papers (BI 9/26/2008).

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