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Ask Not What the NIH Can Do For You; Ask What You Can Do For the NIH


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Presented at the Discovery Informatics Workshop, Toronto, Canada, July 27, 2014

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Ask Not What the NIH Can Do For You; Ask What You Can Do For the NIH

  1. 1. Ask Not What the NIH Can Do For You; Ask What You Can Do For the NIH Philip E. Bourne Ph.D. Associate Director for Data Science National Institutes of Health
  2. 2. The Backdrop… To foster an ecosystem that enables biomedical research to be conducted as a digital enterprise that enhances health, lengthens life and reduces illness and disability
  3. 3. So what can you do for the NIH? First, some background a) We believe what you are doing in discovery informatics to be very important to the ADDS mission b) We have defined 5 thematic areas to pursue so how can you help? Here are the areas….
  4. 4. Associate Director for Data Science Commons Training Center BD2K Modified Review Sustainability* Education* Innovation* Process • Cloud – Data & Compute • Search • Security • Reproducibility Standards • App Store • Coordinate • Hands-on • Syllabus • MOOCs • Community • Centers • Training Grants • Catalogs • Standards • Analysis • Data Resource Support • Metrics • Best Practices • Evaluation • Portfolio Analysis The Biomedical Research Digital Enterprise Communication Collaboration rogrammatic Theme Deliverable Example Features • IC’s • Researchers • Federal Agencies • International Partners • Computer Scientists Scientific Data Council External Advisory Board * Hires made
  5. 5. Lets take each area one at a time
  6. 6. 1. Sustainability & the Commons Source Michael Bell
  7. 7. What The Commons Is and Is Not  Is Not: – A database – Confined to one physical location – A new large infrastructure – Owned by any one group  Is: – A conceptual framework – Analogous to the Internet – A collaboratory – A few shared rules • All research objects have unique identifiers • All research objects have limited provenance
  8. 8. The Commons (Vivien Bonnazi & George Komatsoulis (NCBI))  What we beginning to do: • Establishing public/private partnership • Working with IC’s, NCBI, CIT, the community to identify and run pilots in the cloud, HPC centers, institutions • Porting DbGAP to the cloud • Experimenting with new funding strategies • Evaluating
  9. 9. Sustainability and Sharing: The Commons Data The Long Tail Core Facilities/HS Centers Clinical /Patient The Why: Data Sharing Plans The Commons Government The How: Data Discovery Index Sustainable Storage Quality Scientific Discovery Usability Security/ Privacy Commons == Extramural NCBI == Research Object Sandbox == Collaborative Environment The End Game: KnowledgeNIH Awardees Private Sector Metrics/ Standards Rest of Academia Software Standards Index BD2K Centers Cloud, Research Objects,
  10. 10. What Does the Commons Enable?  Dropbox like storage  The opportunity to apply quality metrics  Bring compute to the data  A place to collaborate  A place to discover 1024x825.png
  11. 11. [Adapted from George Komatsoulis] One Possible Commons Business Model HPC, Institution …
  12. 12. 1. So What Can You Do for the Commons?  Contribute to the discussion on research object identifiers  Contribute to the discussion on provenance for research objects  Propose and implement pilots in the commons  Apply for FY15 RFAs associated with the commons  Critique it!
  13. 13. 2. Training (Michelle Dunn)2. Training (Michelle Dunn)  Training Goals: – Develop a sufficient cadre of researchers skilled in data science – Elevate general competencies in data usage and analysis across the biomedical research workforce – Combat the Google bus  How: – Traditional training grants – Non-traditional funding mechanisms – Work with IC’s on a needs assessment – Work with institutions on raising awareness – Training center(s)
  14. 14. 2. What Can You Do for Training?  Propose new models for training at the intersection of the disciplines  Address the question, are training centers a good idea?  Propose new funding models for training around prizes, challenges, hackathons etc.
  15. 15.  Data Discovery Index Coordination Consortium (U24) (under review; FY14)  Centers (under review; FY14)  Metadata standards (under development; FY15)  Targeted Software Development (FY14;FY15)  Workshops (FY14, FY15) 3. BD2K Innovation (Jennie3. BD2K Innovation (Jennie Larkin and Mark Guyer)Larkin and Mark Guyer)
  16. 16. 3. What Can You Do for BD2K/Innovation?  Apply to the RFAs  Respond to the RFIs  Participate in the workshops  Talk to us about what we should be doing in the extramural community to foster the ecosystem  Other?
  17. 17. 4. Process  What this involves: – Policies and procedures – Grant management and review – Communicating with the community …
  18. 18. 4. What Can You Do for Process? – Make research object citation a reality – Support machine readable data sharing plans? – Support open review? – Support micro funding? – Support standing data committees to explore best practices? – Support Crowd sourcing? – [your ideas here….]
  19. 19. 5. Collaboration  Between funding agencies  Between different branches of the federal government  Between countries / geographic regions  Between communities / disciplines
  20. 20. 5. What Can You Do for Collaboration?  Continue to do what you are doing  Encourage interagency funding initiatives  Suggest workshops that bring folks together  Suggest mechanisms for making the collaborations stick  Suggest ways to stimulate communities  Your ideas here ….
  21. 21. That’s enough for you to do for one day… Thanks for listening and acting as I know you will (no pressure)
  22. 22. Some Acknowledgements  Eric Green & Mark Guyer (NHGRI)  Jennie Larkin (NHLBI)  Leigh Finnegan (NHGRI)  Vivien Bonazzi (NHGRI)  Michelle Dunn (NCI)  Mike Huerta (NLM)  David Lipman (NLM)  Jim Ostell (NLM)  Andrea Norris (CIT)  Peter Lyster (NIGMS)  All the over 100 folks on the BD2K team
  23. 23. NIHNIH…… Turning Discovery Into HealthTurning Discovery Into Health