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Cancer Genomics Cloud Pilots

CBIIT, in collaboration with the Center for Cancer Genomics, is coordinating a program to develop three Cancer Genomics Cloud Pilots to help meet the research community’s needs to access and analyze high quality, large-scale cancer genomic data and associated clinical information. The goal of this effort is to develop an innovative, cost-effective model for computational analysis of biological data and provide broader yet secure access to genomic data that NCI generates. Cloud computing will be a valuable tool to support studies related to the mechanisms of cancer. This capability will be equally valuable to other NCI scientific areas, including clinical trials and other types of patient-focused research.

NCIP Hub

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

Wikis

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.

Events

News

  • The Genomic Data Commons (GDC), a unified data system that promotes sharing of genomic and clinical data between researchers, launched on June 6. Starting with data from The Cancer Genome Atlas and other studies, the GDC imports, standardizes, and provides access to cancer genomic and clinical data. Watch a short video about the GDC featuring CBIIT Director Warren Kibbe.

  • As part of Vice President Biden’s National Cancer Moonshot Initiative, NCI has launched an online engagement platform to enable the research community and the public to submit cancer research ideas to a Blue Ribbon Panel of scientific experts. To submit your scientific research ideas to the Moonshot Initiative visit: CancerResearchIdeas.cancer.gov. Scientific ideas can also be submitted to or by phone to the Cancer Information Service at 1-800-4-CANCER.

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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.




NCI Biomedical Informatics Blog
The Protein Data Bank and the Importance of Sustaining Primary Data Archives

September 14, 2016 -                     By Helen M. Berman, Ph.D.*, Director Emerita, RCSB Protein Data Bank, and Stephen K. Burley, M.D., D.Phil.*+, Director, RCSB Protein Data Bank Scientific discovery involves collecting and analyzing data, and communicating new knowledge arising therefrom. What happens, though, when someone wants to repeat an experiment, or …

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Cancer Genomics Cloud Pilots DREAM Challenge — Leveraging the Wisdom of the Crowd

August 29, 2016 - By Tony Kerlavage, Ph.D., NCI CBIIT, Cancer Informatics Branch In recent years, Challenges have become a popular way to engage and motivate the research and innovation communities to solve difficult problems. Challenges are open competitions where communities are presented with specific and often difficult problems to solve. Participants are given guidelines and test data, and …

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Cancer Data and Computation in the Cloud: One Path to Affordable Genomics Research

July 20, 2016 - By Gad Getz, Ph.D., Broad Institute / MGH The cost of DNA sequencing has dropped more than one million-fold over the last decade, making it increasingly possible to discover the genetic basis of cancer and response to treatment. Three challenges, however, impede this goal: 1) Analysts lack the resources to download, store and compute on …

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Learn more about the Genomic Data Commons

June 14, 2016 - NCI has launched the Genomic Data Commons (GDC), a system that will promote sharing of genomic and clinical data between researchers and facilitate precision medicine in oncology. The GDC was created to centralize, standardize, and broaden access to data from NCI programs such as The Cancer Genome Atlas (TCGA) and its pediatric equivalent, Therapeutically Applicable …

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