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Cancer Genomics Cloud Pilots

The National Cancer Institute seeks to sponsor the development of up to 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 proposed Broad Agency Announcement 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 NCIP Hub and get started.

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.


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  • BioInform: NCIP Launches Hub to Offer Community Platform for Collaboration, Resource Sharing
  • Nature Publishing Group has launched Scientific Data, an open-access online journal designed to promote data sharing and reuse among researchers as well as to provide a means for crediting authors who elect to share their data through open public data repositories.  A principal aim of Scientific Data is to enable researchers to reproduce and build upon experimental results, thereby accelerating scientific discovery.
  • The CBIIT NanoWG is working with the NCI Office of Cancer Nanotechnology Research to submit data to the caNanoLab data repository.  A survey is being conducted to learn what data sources are most relevant and to identify where gaps exist in the database. Deadline for responses: August 8, 2014

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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:

Other publications are available in the Bibliography section of the NCIP website.

NCI Biomedical Informatics Blog
NCIP Hub: A Platform for Scientific Collaboration, Resource Sharing, and Education

May 12, 2014 - One of the major goals of the NCIP is to help facilitate open innovation and scientific collaboration in the cancer research and informatics community.  To that end, we have undertaken several projects, two of which were the focus of previous NCIP blog posts:  The Cancer Genomics Cloud Pilot, an initiative to democratize access to and …

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Dr. George Komatsoulis, CBIIT Deputy Director, Leaving the NCI

May 02, 2014 - To the Cancer Informatics Community, As you may know, Dr. George Komatsoulis, Deputy Director of the NCI Center for Biomedical Informatics and Information Technology (CBIIT), will be leaving the NCI on May 2, 2014 to join the National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI) at the National Library of Medicine, where he will be focusing on …

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Winning an HPN-DREAM8 Challenge: Competition and Collaboration Supporting Open Scientific Research and Development

January 27, 2014 - While working with big genomics data can be very challenging, it can also be fun. And when your team wins a competition, it’s positively exhilarating, as our NCIP Computational Genomics Research Group discovered while participating in the 8th annual set of challenges posed by The Dialogue on Reverse Engineering Assessment and Methods (DREAM) project. DREAM …

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NCI’s CPTAC Releases an Openly Accessible Data Set Primed for Multi-omic Integration

September 27, 2013 - On September 4, 2013, NCI’s Clinical Proteomics Tumor Analysis Consortium (CPTAC) publicly released proteomic data produced from colorectal tumor samples previously analyzed as part of The Cancer Genome Atlas (TCGA) initiative.  This is the first release of proteomic tumor data designed to complement genomic data from the same tumors. Since its launch in 2006, the …

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