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NHGRI Asks for Community's Input on BD2K Data Handling Approaches


The National Human Genome Research Institute issued a request for information this week that asks the research community to submit ideas for methods of data compression and reduction, visualization, provenance, and wrangling as part of its Big Data to Knowledge, or BD2K, Initiative.

Community members are asked to respond to the RFI by Sept. 6, 2013.

BD2K is one of two proposed initiatives that the data and informatics working group of the National Institutes of Health’s Advisory Committee to the Director proposed last year to help the institute better handle the data generated by biomedical research projects it supports (BI 12/14/2012).

It issued an RFI in February asking for the community's help in developing training programs as part of the initiative (BI 2/22/2013). Another RFI in June asked for help in putting together a proposal to develop a biomedical data catalog that will make it easier to find, share, and cite research data (BI 6/14/2013).

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