Making Biomedical Research Data Actionable

Making Biomedical Research Data Actionable

Three funding agencies are trying to spur the development of tools and platforms to improve researchers’ ability to find, access and use the terabytes to petabytes of data biomedical research generates.

This month at the 7th Health Datapalooza conference in Washington, D.C., the National Institutes of Health, the U.K.-based Wellcome Trust, and the Howard Hughes Medical Institute announced six finalists for the first-ever Open Science Prize, a global science competition for prototype tools and platforms to tame biomedical’s big data behemoth. Part of the problem with developing these kind of tools is that no one is sure who should be responsible for them. “Data is generated globally, but it’s essentially managed and funded nationally,” says Philip Bourne, associate director for data science at the NIH.

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