Category Archives: Research Data and Informatics

FASEB Issues Recommendations for Improving Shared Research Resources

A new report from FASEB, “Maximizing Shared Research Resources,” identifies the challenges encountered by shared research resources providers and users, and makes recommendations for improvement. Shared research resources – from core facilities to living collections and national laboratories – make efficient use of funds and broaden researchers’ access to advanced technologies and materials. But shared… Read More »

FASEB Comments on NIH Proposed Changes to Genomic Data Sharing Policy

FASEB submitted comments this week in support of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) proposed changes to the Genomic Data Sharing Policy (NOT-OD-17-110). The proposal would increase access to summary genomic statistics in the Database for Genotypes and Phenotypes (dbGaP) and other NIH databases. Access would be contingent on users reviewing informational materials on the… Read More »

Senators Voice Support for Agricultural Research at Two Hearings

Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue expressed his support for a number of the department’s programs during a Senate Agricultural Appropriations Subcommittee hearing on June 13. He testified on the Trump Administration’s fiscal year (FY) 2018 budget request of for the Department of Agriculture (USDA).  In his opening statement, Subcommittee Chairman John Hoeven (R-ND) stated concern… Read More »

FASEB provides feedback to NIH on genotype and phenotype database

On April 5, the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology (FASEB) summited comments in response to a National Institutes of Health (NIH) Request for Information (RFI) on “Processes for dbGaP Data Submission, Access, and Management” (NOT-OD-17-044). The dbGaP Database of Genotypes and Phenotypes was developed to store and share data from human studies. FASEB’s comments… Read More »

FASEB launches survey on shared research resources

The Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology (FASEB) launched a survey of researchers’ experiences with shared research resources. Responses are requested from resource users and providers in the United States by March 2. The questions in this 10-15 minutes survey focus on the following topics: (1) resource utilization and unmet needs; (2) the role… Read More »

NSF initiative aims to increase diversity in STEM

The October 13–14 meeting of the National Science Foundation (NSF) Committee on Equal Opportunity in Science and Engineering revealed details about a new program aimed at broadening the participation of underrepresented populations in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). The program, entitled Inclusion across the Nation of Learners of Underrepresented Discoverers in Science and Engineering (NSF… Read More »

NIH webinar series teaches data science

This fall, the National Institutes of Health Big Data to Knowledge (BD2K) initiative launched a weekly webinar series on the “Fundamentals of Data Science.” The virtual lectures provide an introduction to key aspects of data science, from data management to computation, statistical inference, and databases. The series assumes no prior knowledge or proficiency in data… Read More »