FASEB starts initiative to share and reuse data


FASEB DataWorks! helps promote a culture of data reuse in the life sciences

ROCKVILLE, MD, U.S., Sept. 21, 2021 /EINPresswire.com/ – The Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology (FASEB), the largest coalition of biomedical research associations in the United States, today announced the launch of FASEB DataWorks !, a new one Initiative that aims to accelerate and improve research discoveries by sharing and reusing data.

FASEB DataWorks! will create an ecosystem that involves everyone involved in the research process. The goals of this initiative are to accelerate discovery in the life sciences, improve data accessibility and use it to maximize the return on investment in research, and support compliance with donor guidelines on data management.

The initiative has four components:
• A series of salons to encourage community conversation exploring barriers and solutions to data reuse.
• a fellows program that helps researchers and teams improve their data management and exchange skills and coach their colleagues in data reuse strategies,
• a data help desk and knowledge base to provide guidance and peer mentoring on data sharing policies and practices; and
• An annual Grand Challenge award to recognize research teams who accelerate discovery by sharing and reusing data.

Working together
FASEB DataWorks! is designed to enhance data reuse best practices through partnerships with researchers and organizations operating in the data exchange ecosystem.

“For over 100 years, FASEB has served the life sciences research and education communities with the goal of advancing and facilitating the highest standards of practice and collaborative, interactive research,” said Patricia L. Morris, MS, PhD, visiting researcher at Rockefeller University, Senior Scientist at Chromocell and President of FASEB. “As experimental tools have evolved, so have large and complex databases, creating challenges for researchers to leverage data management and reuse effectively. With this new initiative, FASEB provides stakeholders with innovative and effective tools for their data reuse practices, thereby promoting and optimizing the dissemination of biological and biomedical research results to advance science, ”she added.

Meeting a Critical Need
Reusing data is critical to moving the scientific enterprise forward. However, biomedical and biological researchers have been slow to adopt data sharing and reuse practices compared to other fields such as physics, economics, and meteorology. While researchers may believe that sharing data is beneficial, few take the steps to share their own research. Reasons they do not use data sharing best practices include concerns about intellectual property rights, restrictions on future use of the data by their research team, and the lack of formal repositories for data storage and standardized methods of interpreting and annotating data. In addition, researchers are often not trained in data management techniques or may not have access to data sharing solutions relevant to their data types and research environments. These conditions limit cooperation and slow down the investigation process.

In contrast, shared data enables the validation of research results and encourages the reuse of data for future research studies – all critical in supporting FASEB’s mission to advance health and well-being by promoting advancement in the biological and biomedical sciences.

“As more robust and diverse data sets explode in the life science community, it becomes even more important for research teams to have access to these valuable resources and use them for additional research opportunities. FASEB DataWorks! through its suite of unique offerings, will support critical needs in biological and biomedical research for data sharing and reuse, creating new types of collaborations and accelerating and enabling discovery, ”said Kevin C. Kregel, PhD, Executive Vice President and Provost at the University of Iowa and FASEB President-elect.

More information about FASEB DataWorks! or to work with FASEB on program components, contact FASEB.

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FASEB consists of 30 societies with more than 130,000 members, making it the largest coalition of biomedical research associations in the United States. FASEB’s mission is to promote health and wellbeing by promoting research and education in the biological and biomedical sciences through collective advocacy and service to member societies and their members. Find out more about FASEB at www.faseb.org.

Sybil Walker Barnes, CAE
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