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NIH to Invest $96M in Biomedical Data Analytics Centers; Eric Green Comments

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The National Institutes of Health has unveiled a four-year plan to build centers where researchers would work to develop tools for analyzing and sharing large sets of biomedical data, Nextgov reported Tuesday.

Joseph Marks writes NIH plans to invest $96 million in as many as eight “Big Data to Knowledge” facilities that will be led by scientific investigators.

“BD2K aims to enable a quantum leap in the ability of the biomedical research enterprise to maximize the value of the growing volume and complexity of biomedical data, ” said Eric Green, NIH acting chief data officer, according to the report.

Nextgov reports the investment is part of an NIH campaign to support training and research programs for biomedical scientists to access and manage complex data sets.

NIH has scheduled a Sept. 12 webinar for stakeholders interested in the BD2K project.

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