On November 8, FASEB submitted comments to a National Library of Medicine (NLM) Request for Information (RFI) on “Next-Generation Data Science Challenges in Health and Biomedicine” (NOT-LM-17-006). NLM is in the midst of finalizing its strategic plan, and, through this RFI, NLM is seeking ideas from stakeholders on new data science research initiatives.
FASEB’s response highlighted the need for more core data resources – such as databases and analytics – as well as better business models and infrastructure to sustain existing resources. While affirming that the data sciences can enhance open science and research reproducibility, FASEB also detailed several areas where NLM could provide much needed leadership. For example, greater coordination of data science initiatives could increase interoperability, and the creation and deployment of metadata standards could facilitate appropriate data reuse. Finally, FASEB recommended that NLM’s workforce efforts promote data literacy across the entire research enterprise, not just among data science specialists.
NLM has issued an extension to this RFI and will be accepting responses via this online form through November 20, 2017.