i) core facilities and services
ii) animal models
iii) genomics algorithms
Importantly, information collected will be published as linked open data (LOD): this data will be searchable, linkable, downloadable and reusable by anyone– whether they are across campus or across the country. Additionally, this collaboration involves partnering with a to-be-selected external research resource repository; information from that repository will be harvested and restructured so that it can be published in the same LOD format. The eagle-i platform expands easily, so that investigators can add information about new resource types.
LOD is information that is a) structured using a standardized data format, and b) served over the web, such that its content can be accessed and “understood” by computers. The LOD format enables data from multiple sources to be logically connected and re-purposed with ease. Once a researcher has published her LOD using the eagle-i platform, she can embed it within her laboratory’s homepage, or on an institution’s core resources page, or on a specialized national repository (for Alzheimer’s research, for example). This ability to “update once, update everywhere” means that a researcher doesn’t waste her time repeatedly entering the same data in different formats.
Publishing linked open data about research resources reduces the time and effort spent searching for existing tools and technologies. When these resources are shared, investigators save money and time that would have been invested in recreating a resource that already exists. This collaboration, dubbed “open-i”, will demonstrate that resource sharing facilitates collaborations between and among investigators; Harvard, UPenn, OHSU, and Vanderbilt are paving the way for all 60 CTSA institutions to join this effort.