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Keep up with the latest news from the NCI Center for Biomedical Informatics and Information Technology (CBIIT) and the data science communities.

NIH’s National Library of Medicine recently released a Request for Information (RFI) on the use of Common Data Elements (CDEs) in the context of research on COVID-19. These comments will be used to inform NIH’s continuing development of guidance on CDE use for COVID-related research. RFI responses are due by May 10, 2021.

Ms. Smita Hastak, M.S., a senior analyst supporting NCI CBIIT, has been elected co-chair of Biomedical Research & Regulation at Health Level Seven International (HL7), an organization that provides standards for the exchange of health information and data.

NIH recently released a notice encouraging NIH-supported clinical programs and researchers to adopt and use U.S. Core Data for Interoperability (USCDI) standards. USCDI classifications will ensure clinical data adhere to a unified standard, allowing researchers to more easily compare different data sets and enabling more in-depth analysis to further scientific discovery.

The Metadata Automation DREAM Challenge has closed! Learn more about the winners and how they plan to collaborate together to improve their algorithms and brainstorm future approaches to automating metadata annotation.

Frederick National Laboratory for Cancer Research (FNLCR) awarded a contract to develop the National Cancer Institute's (NCI's) Cancer Data Aggregator (CDA) to a consortium led by the Broad Institute, Institute for Systems Biology, Seven Bridges Genomics, and General Dynamics Information Technology (GDIT), Inc. The CDA is a query engine that will help researchers to find, sort, and pull together data from across the NCI Cancer Research Data Commons (CRDC), NCI Data Coordinating Centers (DCC), and other repositories.

The NCI Cancer Research Data Commons (CRDC) is joining the ranks of the 23 international Global Alliance for Genomics and Health (GA4GH) driver projects. As a driver project, the CRDC will bring real-world data and experiences to guide the development of data sharing tools and standards.

Center for Biomedical Informatics and Information Technology contributors, with a team led by Science Program Analyst Denise Warzel, collaborated with fellow NCI colleague Dr. Paula Jacobs of the Division of Cancer Treatment and Diagnosis and others on a recently published article, “Call for Data Standardization: Lessons Learned and Recommendations in an Imaging Study.”

The National Cancer Institute's (NCI) Center for Cancer Data Harmonization (CCDH) is kicking off a 3 ½ year-effort to make the volumes of data arising from cancer research more accessible, organized, and powerful.

NIH released its first Strategic Plan for Data Science in an effort to support the storing, managing, standardizing, and publishing of data produced by biomedical research.