Swapping Data Management Recipes

This guest blog post is by Susan Gregurick, PhD, Associate Director for Data Science and Director for the Office of Data Science Strategy (ODSS), NIH. It was originally posted on July 11 in the ODSS Director’s Corner Blog. We encourage you to learn more about the 2023 DataWorks! Prize by visiting Challenge.gov. Submissions are being accepted now through August 15, 2023.

The 2023 DataWorks! Prize Challenge is underway, building off the successes of its first year. The challenge is sponsored by the NIH Office of Data Science Strategy, in partnership with the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology (FASEB).

The 2022 DataWorks! Prize saw over 100 teams, consisting of over 500 individuals, register to compete for the most innovative approaches to data sharing and reuse. It wasn’t just researchers who were excited about this challenge: Over 2,100 members of the data science community voted for their favorite projects, two of which were awarded the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology (FASEB) People’s Choice award.

This year’s challenge builds on the successes and insights from the 2022 prize. This challenge has the potential to make an enduring impact on the field of data science. Instead of novel data management techniques, this year’s prize will focus on best-practice “recipes” that advance biological and biomedical research activities by prioritizing practices that enable robust data management during the research process. This will enable the creation of an ongoing archive of best practices and resources that can be used by researchers to facilitate better data storage, sharing, and reuse.

This year’s prize offers up to 16 NIH-funded monetary awards, totaling up to $500,000, and up to two People’s Choice Awards, as determined by FASEB. Submissions will be evaluated based on:

  • Excellence in Data Sharing and Reuse
  • Innovative Impact on Human Health
  • Excellence in Communication and Adoption of Practices Outside of Original Context

I’m very excited about the possibilities this challenge offers. A compilation of data management best practices has the potential for wide-ranging impact in the fields of biological and biomedical research.

The 2023 DataWorks! Prize is accepting submissions now through August 15. We truly hope that you’ll help others enhance their data management practices by sharing your wisdom and recipes.

Susan Gregurick, PhD

Associate Director, Data Science and Director, Office of Data Science Strategy

Under Dr. Gregurick’s leadership, ODSS leads the implementation of the NIH Strategic Plan for Data Science through scientific, technical, and operational collaboration with the institutes, centers, and offices that comprise NIH. Dr. Gregurick received the 2020 Leadership in Biological Sciences Award from the Washington Academy of Sciences for her work in this role. She was instrumental in the creation of the ODSS in 2018 and served as a senior advisor to the office until being named to her current position.

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