Metadata Automation DREAM Challenge Webinar

January 30, 2020 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m. ET

Drs. James Eddy and Thomas Schaffter will lead a webinar and panel session about the Metadata Automation DREAM Challenge on January 30 at 12:00 p.m. ET. The webinar will provide an overview of the Challenge requirements and logistics. The panel session will include Challenge organizers:

  • Dr. Eric Johnson Chavarria
  • Dr. Gilberto Fragoso
  • Dr. Denise Warzel

Questions posted on the discussion forum will be addressed during the webinar.

Learn more about how to participate and register for the Metadata Automation DREAM Challenge.

Using structured biomedical data files, Challenge participants will develop solutions to automate annotation of metadata fields and values, using available research data annotations (e.g., caDSR Common Data Elements [CDEs]) as well as established terminologies and ontologies (e.g., NCI Thesaurus [NCIt]Logical Observation Identifiers Names and Codes [LOINC]Mondo Disease Ontology [Mondo]International Classification of Diseases [ICD]).

Data for this Challenge are provided by the Applied Proteogenomics Organizational Learning and Outcomes (APOLLO) and The Cancer Imaging Archive (TCIA).

Solutions are critical to enabling researchers to explore new ways of reducing the burden of metadata annotation and aid in advancing discoveries across differing collections, formats, and tools within NCI's initiatives, such as the NCI Cancer Research Data Commons.

Round I of the Challenge starts on Monday, February 10. 

This Challenge is supported by funding through the Cancer Moonshot℠.

James Eddy, Ph.D.

Dr. James Eddy is a principal data engineer in the computational oncology group at Sage Bionetworks. A biomedical engineer and systems biologist by training, Dr. Eddy has extensive experience applying technology, data analysis, and programming to address challenges in biology and human health. 

Eric Johnson Chavarria, Ph.D.

Dr. Eric Johnson Chavarria is a program director of the Intramural Continuing Umbrella of Research Experiences (iCURE) program within NCI’s Center to Reduce Cancer Health Disparities (CRCHD). He serves as the iCURE program's lead training navigator and mentoring network coordinator for postbaccalaureate, graduate, and postdoctoral iCURE scholars. 

Gilberto Fragoso, Ph.D.

Dr. Gilberto Fragoso is a biomedical informatics program manager at CBIIT. He oversaw and helped guide infrastructure development for the NCI Thesaurus (NCIt) publication, including creating terminology for subdomains within the NCIt.

Thomas Schaffter, Ph.D.

Dr. Thomas Schaffter is a data engineer in the computational oncology group at Sage Bionetworks. His experience in data analysis, programming, cloud computing, and project management helps researchers leverage highly sensitive health information while maintaining compliance with HIPAA.

Denise Warzel, Ph.D.

Denise Warzel is a science program analyst at CBIIT where she leads the efforts to modernize, streamline, and expand metadata services to support cancer research. Dr. Warzel led the design and development of the Cancer Data Standards Registry and Repository (caDSR) infrastructure, where common data elements and case report forms metadata are created and maintained.

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