FOA Title: 
Request for Information (RFI): Input on National Cancer Institute Metadata Repository and Services
Grant Type: 
Primary IC: 
Release Date: 
Apr 03 2015
Expiration Date: 
AC Source: 
Request Information RFI): Input National Cancer Institute Metadata Repository Services Notice Number: NOT-CA-15-019 Key Dates Release Date: April 3, 2015 Response Date: 15, 2015  Related Announcements None     Issued National Cancer Institute NCI) Purpose National Cancer Institute NCI) Center Bioinformatics Information Technology CBIIT) seeking broad input feedback from sources of expertise interest semantic metadata management services. cornerstone these services the Cancer Data Standards Registry caDSR), repository data element descriptions form designs, semantics linked NCI’s controlled terminology. caDSR offers services the cancer research community create, access, maintain, use descriptions across application systems, files, databases. CBIIT wants understand to the NCI common data elements useful, accessible, easier integrate research care processes systems, better support community comment community curation these elements, linked semantics, metadata. CBIIT plans rebuild modernize services make easier discover consensus standards integrate elements linked data cancer research care workflows. intent to align NCI’s infrastructure emerging NIH, national, international metadata initiatives. Background CBIIT’s mission to provide advocate the appropriate of data science, informatics, information technology IT) support accelerate NCI Mission prevent cancer, treat cancer, improve cancer outcomes. important role the NCI Semantic Infrastructure SI) to support NCI research mission through community definition collection metadata. Data have well defined linked metadata improve use, interpretation, reuse data the extraction information knowledge these data. Supporting both human readable machine-readable definitions metadata been important driver the NCI Semantic Infrastructure. general metadata characteristics also among key principles data citation , are noted enable data access, verifiability discoverability. primary goals updating metadata services to: Simplify streamline community creation, curation, maintenance, discovery; Support content harmonization leveraging automated means identification overlapping content Support interoperability integration data elements, modules elements, semantics existing novel workflows; Support knowledge extraction. Information Requested stakeholders an interest improving cancer research through use well-described, discoverable, open descriptions data invited provide information. response mention membership affiliation within industry, government, academia. you choose, can identify area expertise by, not limited to, any the following: Metadata management services software; Formal community metadata standards, e.g., ISO/IEC 11179, Federal Government Open Data Metadata Schema, ISA-TAB, etc.; Semantics management, e.g., W3C semantic web technologies; Data Science bridging biomedical research health care. NCI seeking information includes is limited the following areas: Effective approaches, processes, capabilities augment/replace services currently available the caDSR; Identify requirement gaps provide related cases e.g., identification specific emerging fields technologies multiple existing metadata standards could benefit harmonization integration); Lessons learned existing metadata repository efforts, particularly examples field-tested processes infrastructure, examples failures metadata repository efforts; Common challenges metadata repository development interoperability e.g., methods community engagement, preventing redundant duplicate content, building interoperability related standards, supporting transformations between similar data); Simplifying use metadata computational human-based approaches support processes including data discovery, data analysis, data reuse; Effective approaches linking metadata data data catalogues e.g., use XML/JSON attributes link descriptive metadata associated the data). Submitting Response responses must submitted nbsp; May 15, 2015. Please include Notice number the subject line. Response this RFI voluntary. Responders free address any all the categories listed above. submitted information be reviewed NIH staff. Submitted information be considered confidential. Please not include any proprietary, classified, confidential, sensitive information your response. NIH use information submitted response this RFI its discretion will provide comments any responder's submission. collected information be reviewed NIH staff, appear reports, may shared publicly an NIH website. Government reserves right use any non-proprietary technical information summaries the state the science, any resultant solicitation(s). NIH use information gathered this RFI inform development future funding opportunity announcements. RFI for information planning purposes only should be construed a solicitation as obligation the part the Federal Government, National Institutes Health NIH), individual NIH Institutes Centers. basis claims against U.S. Government shall arise a result a response this request information from Government’s of such information. Inquiries Please direct inquiries to: Denise Warzel National Cancer Institute NCI) Telephone: 301-480-6199 Email: