March 08, 2018

NIH Seeks Comments for Draft Data Science Plan

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) published a request for information (RFI) March 5 to collect stakeholder feedback on its draft Strategic Plan for Data Science. Public comments are due April 2.

The draft plan identifies challenges and discusses goals, strategic objectives and implementation tactics for promoting the modernization of the NIH-funded biomedical data science ecosystem. The plan addresses efficient data storage, data usability, workforce development and policy setting. The five identified goals are to:

  1. Support a highly efficient and effective biomedical research data infrastructure
  2. Promote modernization of the data-resources ecosystem
  3. Support the development and dissemination of advanced data management, analytics, and visualization tools
  4. Enhance workforce development for biomedical data science and
  5. Enact appropriate policies to promote stewardship and sustainability

 Major challenges to successful modernization include the growing costs of data management, closed silos within the data-resource ecosystem and disparate formats and lack of interoperability between important datasets.

Members interested in providing feedback for potential inclusion in the American College of Radiology’s (ACR’s) future comments should contact Michael Peters, ACR Director of Legislative and Regulatory Affairs, at 202-223-1670 or mpeters@acr.org. Interested individuals can also submit comments directly to the agency via NIH’s online form.