NIH BD2K offers lecture series on fundamentals of data science

As big data becomes ubiquitous in research and business, more and more people are finding they need guidance on how to make the most of their data and follow best practices. The National Institutes of Health (NIH) Big Data to Knowledge (BD2K) initiative recognizes that for biomedical researchers and clinicians to take full advantage of the data revolution they need…well, data—in the form of training, guidelines, expert advise, use cases, and more.

To meet this need, the BD2K now offers a virtual lecture series on the data science underlying biomedical research, featuring weekly presentations from experts on the fundamentals of data management, representation, computation, statistical inference, data modeling, and other topics relevant to big data in biomedicine. The BD2K Guide to the Fundamentals of Data Science Series offers live streaming presentations every Friday from noon to 1 p.m. Eastern time. The presentations are also recorded and posted online for future viewing and reference.

Two sessions are already online: Introduction to Big Data and the Data Lifecycle, and Data Indexing and Retrieval. They can be viewed on YouTube here. The next live presentation, called Finding and Accessing Data Sets, Indexing and Identifiers, will be held Sept. 23 and will feature Lucila Ohno-Machado, MD, PhD, and chair of the department of biomedical informatics at the University of California at San Diego.

There is no cost for attending or viewing a presentation and no registration is required. For more information about the series, including a list of upcoming lectures, visit the BD2K Training Coordinating Center website.



DataBridge tackles the problem of ‘dark data’

databridge-logo-final-copyDataBridge, a National Science Foundation-funded project to make research data more discoverable and usable by a wide community of scientists, has the green light to expand its work into the neuroscience community, thanks to a new NSF EAGER award.

The award itself is relatively small (less than $100,000) and will allow the researchers to consult with neuroscientists, develop a prototype DataBridge for Neuroscience (DBfN), and a community workshop. However, the impact could be significant for a hot scientific field that is making breakthrough discoveries about the human brain. Continue reading

Research as Art Call for Submissions

Submission deadline is June 10

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When art and science collide, the results can be both beautiful and informative.

That’s the idea behind the “Research as Art” exhibit, part of the 2016 Federation of Earth Science Information Partners (ESIP) Summer Meeting, July 19-22 in Durham, NC. In collaboration with the South Big Data Hub, ESIP will host the exhibit of data visualizations on Wednesday, July 20 from 5:30-7:00 p.m. The event will showcase the diversity, creativity, and impact of the research done by the Earth and data science communities through visualizations and graphical presentations of research results.  Continue reading

Articles – Features and Editorials

We will be posting articles of interest to our community.

Beginning end of summer, we will be featuring the work of hub members and ideas of our community experts.

We can also link out to content that is valuable and of broad interest to our members. If you read something and find it to be very useful or insightful, let us know about it.