Duke Researchers Respond to NIH's Proposed Strategic Plan for Data Science

April 5, 2018

In March of this year, the National Institutes of Health posted a Request for Information soliciting feedback from stakeholders and the public on a proposed strategic plan for data science. This draft plan, as described by NIH Deputy Director Michael Lauer, encompasses “NIH’s overarching goals, strategic objectives, and implementation tactics for promoting the modernization of the NIH-funded biomedical data science ecosystem.”

A group of faculty and data science experts at Duke, led by DCRI Biostatistics Director Michael Pencina and Duke Forge Associate Director Shelley Rusincovitch, are joining other groups and individuals in posting their detailed response to the NIH’s Request for Information. Their assessment focuses on 6 key areas:

  • Expanding the scope for a cloud-based NIH data repository
  • Balancing opportunity with responsible strategy
  • Emphasizing the importance of appropriate methodology
  • Simplifying the “data ecosystem” paradigm to enhance its applicability and usefulness
  • Continuing support for hardening and transforming data ecosystems
  • Supporting training and workforce development

The comment period for the strategic plan closed on April 2nd. A PDF version of the Duke researchers' response is available for viewing and download here: