Consortium Activities: The Big Data revolution requires that biomedical scientists be able to locate, analyze, and integrate the large datasets that now pervade biomedicine. Such work is possible only when experimental datasets are made available online and when they are annotated with metadata that explain how the data are organized, what the data represent, and how the data were collected. The Center for Expanded Data Annotation and Retrieval (CEDAR) will take advantage ofthe recent growth in communitydriven metadata standards to develop innovative computational methods to ease the authoring and use of metadata annotations.
Our specific aims focus on working with communities of investigators to standardize descriptions ofthe data generated through biomedical studies;creating a computational collective for development, evaluation, use, and refinement of metadata templates for describing laboratory studies; developing a comprehensive and open repository of metadata that will inform the learning algorithms that will drive much of our Center's technology;training the biomedical community in the use of metadata and in CEDAR'S resources;and evaluating our work in the context of ImmPort, an NIAID-supported multi-assay data repository that will offer end-to-end opportunities to demonstrate and validate our ideas. We anticipate a growing community of users, starting with the Human Immunology Project Consortium, then the BD2K Center Consortium, then the Stanford Digital Repository, growing until we have developed a wide user base leading to measurable changes in the quality ofthe metadata used to annotate online datasets. Our specific BD2K Center Consortium Activities will depend on the mixture of activities that this RFA ultimately will support. We anticipate assessing the data-management activities of the other consortium members;performing outreach and training ofthe other BD2K sites to enable them to use metadata more effectively as appropriate;introducing our technology to the other BD2K sites for their evaluation, feedback, and, ultimately, their use;and pursuing collaborative projects that take advantage of CEDAR's resources.
The ability to locate, analyze, and integrate Big Data depends on the metadata that describe data sets and the experiments that have been performed. This project will facilitate annotation of data with high quality metadata. The results of our work will lead to better data and, thus, to better science. Ultimately, such results will lead to better health.