Request for Input on Data Catalog Concept
The NIH Big Data to Knowledge (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. NIH is seeking input on this idea. Please refer to the link below for an RFI on this topic and share with interested communities: Request for Information (RFI): Input on Development of a NIH Data Catalog (NOT-HG-13-011) National Human Genome Research Institute.
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. /ch