Cancer Genomics Cloud Pilots
The National Cancer Institute has funded the development of three Cancer Genomics Cloud Pilots to help meet the research community’s needs for storage, access and analysis of high quality, large-scale cancer genomic data and associated clinical information. The expectation is the development of an innovative model for computational analysis of biological data that has the potential to address current storage and analyses challenges. The project has the potential to democratize access to NCI-generated genomic data and provide a more cost-effective way to provide computational support to the cancer research community.
The National Cancer Institute has launched the NCIP Hub to help accelerate innovation in the cancer research community. It is an environment for scientific collaboration where researchers can access a variety of resources shared by other cancer researchers. The NCIP Hub is intended to support a community of members with a shared goal of democratizing access to data, tools, and standards across the cancer research community. Content contributions come from community members and can include seminar presentations, publications, training materials, data, tools, and bookmarks to useful sites and information, as well as discussions on them. Join the get started.and
The NCIP Open-Development Initiative
The NCI Wiki hosts individual wikis that document the development of applications, activities of working groups, collaborations, informatics projects, and work in specific domains. Visit the wiki dashboard and select the New Account link to participate. For more information, contact Application Support.
- NCI issues RFA to solicit applications for a Data Management and Coordinating Center as part of the Early Detection Research Network (EDRN), to support statistical and computational analyses, informatics infrastructure, study design, coordination and support of EDRN-sponsored biomarker validation studies, and the coordination of network-wide meetings and conferences. Pre-application webinar on Dec. 2. Letters of intent due Dec. 6, applications due Jan. 6, 2015.
- NCI has announced an exploratory study (NCT02243592) as part of the Exceptional Responders Initiative in which DNA and RNA sequencing, as well as other characterization methods, will be used to identify molecular features associated with unexpectedly positive treatment responses observed in cancer patients. Data will be shared with the research community via a controlled-access database. Co-lead investigators in the NCI Division of Cancer Treatment and Diagnosis and Center for Cancer Genomics are directing the study.
The NCI Biomedical Informatics Blog
The NCI Biomedical Informatics Blog provides a forum for the exploration of ideas and knowledge sharing across the NCI and throughout the wider biomedical-informatics and cancer-research community.
Topics recently under discussion include potential NCI Cancer Knowledge Clouds; NCIP support for open, community-driven software development; and intramural collaborations being pursued by NCIP staff. For a more complete description, scroll through the running list of topics contained in the left navigation bar.
Recently published articles authored by NCIP staff and members of the community include the following:
- Gaheen et al., caNanoLab: data sharing to expedite the use of nanotechnology in biomedicine.
- Thomas et al., ISA-TAB-Nano: A Specification for Sharing Nanomaterial Research Data in Spreadsheet-based Format.
- Freimuth et al., Life sciences domain analysis model.
Other publications are available in the Bibliography section of the NCIP website.