2017-12-07 NIH Data Commons Pilots kick off

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On 2017-12-07, the NIH Data Commons kicked off its Pilot Phase (stage 1), where a consortium that will collaborate to develop the key capabilities.

The NIH Data Commons will be implemented in a four-year pilot phase to explore the feasibility and best practices for making digital objects available through collaborative platforms. This will be done on public clouds, which are virtual spaces where service providers make resources, such as applications and storage, available over the internet. The goal of the NIH Data Commons Pilot Phase is to accelerate biomedical discoveries by making biomedical research data Findable, Accessible, Interoperable, and Reusable (FAIR) for more researchers.

Quote from press release NIH awards to test ways to store, access, share, and compute on biomedical data in the cloud (2017-11-06), emphasis added.

The NIH Data Commons Pilot Phase Consortium (DCPPC) joins together nine strong teams with expertise in metadata and scalable data management.

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2017-11-15 Managing Digital Research Objects in an Expanding Science Ecosystem

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On 2017-11-15, Carole Goble presented Research Objects: more than the sum of the parts at the Research Data Alliance workshop Managing Digital Research Objects in an Expanding Science Ecosystem in Bethesda, US.

Other presentations at the workshop include Julie McMurry on Identifiers for the 21st Century, NISO‘s Todd Carpenter in Identify everything and DataCite‘s Patricia Cruce on Persistent Identifiers. Dave Vieglais showed how DataOne are Connecting Users with Digital Research Objects, while Jim Myers showed how the National Data Service‘s SEAD provides a An Ecosystem Approach to Data Services and Digital Research Objects

2017-11-27 BioCompute Objects

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BioCompute Objects (BCO) is a community-driven project backed by the FDA (US Food and Drug Administration) and George Washington University to standardize exchange of High-Throughput-Sequencing workflows for regulatory submissions between FDA, pharma, bioinformatics platform providers and researchers.

BioCompute Objects

Members of the Research Object team (Carole Goble, Stian Soiland-Reyes, Michael R Crusoe) have been collaborating closely with the rest of the BCO community since 2016, in particular covering the integration of BCO with existing standards like Research Object, W3C PROV and Common Workflow Language.

Vahan Simonyan from FDA presented BioCompute Objects to the GA4GH Cloud workstream webinar on 2017-11-27.

The below blog post is based on an extract of Vahan’s slides modulated to cover my thoughts on the role of Research Objects with BCOs.

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2017-10-24 Revamped ROHub portal officially released

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The completely renovated ROHub portal, developed by the EVER-EST project, includes a new and modern design, improved performance, plus a set of new features focused on improving the user experience.

Screenshot of rohub.org

The ROHub was also presented at IEEE eScience Conference, described in the paper Towards a Human-Machine Scientific Partnership Based on Semantically Rich Research Objects.

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2017-09-27 eLife Reproducible Portable Publications

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On 2017-09-27 I met with Naomi Penfold and Giuliano Maciocci from the journal eLife, Oliver Buchtala and Michael Aufreiter working on Substance, and Nokome Bentley doing Stencila.

Our topic was the eLife/Substance/Stencila collaboration for a Reproducible Document Stack, and how that can relate to Research Objects and other Scholarly HTML initiatives.

This blog post gives a quick summary of our cross-presentations.

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