In December 2012, NIH launched its Big Data to Knowledge BD2K Initiative
The NIH has launched a new effort to address how best to manage and utilize the large amounts of biomedical data that new technologies can generate and seeks information and relevant materials that will help inform their internal discussions…
Purpose: This Request for Information (RFI) is to solicit comments and ideas for the development and implementation of an NIH Data Catalog as part of the overall Big Data to Knowledge (BD2K) Initiative.
The NIH BD2K initiative is considering the development of a biomedical Data Catalog to make biomedical research data findable and citable, as PubMed does for scientific publications. Such a Data Catalog would make it easier for researchers to find, share, and cite data, as well as the publications and grants that they are associated with. A Data Catalog is distinct from a data repository, but would help make data in such repositories more easily findable and citable in a consistent manner. In addition to supplying core, minimal metadata to ensure a valid data reference, it is envisioned that a Data Catalog would include links out to the location of the data, to the NIH Reporter record of the grant that supported the research, to relevant publications within PubMed or journals, and possibly to associated software or algorithms.