The NIH Data Commons
Presented at OpenTox USA 2018
The NIH Data Commons: A novel infrastructure to support data sharing
Rebecca Boyles, Senior Program Manager of Bioinformatics, RTI International
The opportunities for broader scientific data sharing have been widely discussed, yet many challenges have prevented broad progress. Issues in data registration, transparency, ability to reuse, and trust are cited as lingering barriers (van Panhuis et al. 2014). The NIH Data Commons Pilot Projects is a consortium that is working towards a shared community space that will enable Findable, Accessible, Interoperable, and Reusable (FAIR) digital objects, such as data and analytical tools, in a controlled-access multi-cloud environment. 12 teams are working together and with the NIH and data stewards to implement this vision in the form of pilot projects over a four-year phase to address previously intractable obstacles towards a research commons.