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NIH Frameworks for Community-based Standards Efforts Workshop Report Released

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) Big Data to Knowledge initiative (BD2K) held a workshop in September 2013 called "Frameworks for Community-based Standards Efforts".

The workshop aimed at gaining a clearer understanding of the community-based data and metadata standards efforts, in particular, and how NIH might best relate to them.

The report of this workshop is now available at

In this report the authors, who are the lead organizers and co-chairs, elaborate on the findings and indicate future directions.

In conjunction with related efforts already under way at NIH, including the development of a Data Discovery Index Consortium (bioCADDIE:, the final document will assist the NIH Office of the Associate Director (ADDS) to help move forward the NIH BD2K vision on how data, metadata and other digital research products can interact and work with each other.

NIH invites all users, software developers and publishers to review this report and post comments by January 20, 2015.