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Why democratize bioinformatics?

Captur, G; Stables, RH; Kehoe, D; Deanfield, J; Moon, JC; (2016) Why democratize bioinformatics? BMJ Innovations 10.1136/bmjinnov-2016-000129. (In press). Green open access

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Abstract

Network bioinformatics and web-based data collection instruments have the capacity to improve the efficiency of the UK’s appropriately high levels of investment into cardiovascular research. A very large proportion of scientific data falls into the long-tail of the cardiovascular research distribution curve, with numerous small independent research efforts yielding a rich variety of specialty data sets. The merging of such myriad datasets and the eradication of data silos, plus linkage with outcomes could be greatly facilitated through the provision of a national set of standardised data collection instruments—a shared-cardioinformatics library of tools designed by and for clinical academics active in the long-tail of biomedical research. Across the cardiovascular research domain, like the rest of medicine, the national aggregation and democratization of diverse long-tail data is the best way to convert numerous small but expensive cohort data sources into big data, expanding our knowledge-base, breaking down translational barriers, improving research efficiency and with time, improving patient outcomes.

Type: Article
Title: Why democratize bioinformatics?
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1136/bmjinnov-2016-000129
Publisher version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmjinnov-2016-000129
Language: English
Additional information: Copyright © 2016 by All India Institute of Medical Sciences. The final publication is available at BMJ Innovations via http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmjinnov-2016-000129
Keywords: Bioinformatics, data-sharing, standardisation, cardiovascular magnetic resonance, cardiac imaging
UCL classification: UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Pop Health Sciences > Institute of Cardiovascular Science
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Pop Health Sciences > Institute of Cardiovascular Science > Clinical Science
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/1529147
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