Resource Discovery

Resource Discovery Infographic

Value and Vision

The translational research community strives to preserve and disseminate a wide range of research works to enhance their visibility and opportunity for sharing and reuse, as well as receive contributor attribution and expertise acknowledgment. The Resource Discovery Core aims to provide a robust infrastructure to create tools and resources that empower the CTSA hubs, promote resource discovery and sharing capabilities, and enable attribution for contributions by the translational workforce.

Research Strategy

The Resource Discovery Core leverages effective strategies and inventive approaches to build connections within and beyond the Clinical and Translational Science Award (CTSA) Program. We have adapted and expanded our existing research profiling infrastructure using open collaborative approaches. The scope of this core is to develop tools for identification, tracking, and dissemination for a wide range of research objects (e.g., software, data, informatics, and other non-traditional scholarly products and activities) to enable proper attribution of credit on translational teams and discovery of these objects at both the local level and beyond. Extensive knowledge and expertise across the CTSAs is being applied to assist in the creation and success of community-wide collaborative functions. This mission is manifest in activities such as:

  • Provisioning a CTSA-wide index of all resources used across the full spectrum of CD2H activities
  • Creating expertise, visualizations, and services for adoption and assimilation by CTSA hubs for use in their local environments
  • Developing and deploying an open repository to support preservation, indexing, and discovery of resources at CTSA hubs
  • Developing a data discovery engine to index and search data across hubs (collaboration with Scripps Research Institute & Northwestern University)
  • Harmonizing educational resources from multiple existing platforms into a single shared discovery framework
  • Extending representation of expertise and related services across the CTSA consortium
  • Developing a practical, scalable model of contribution and fostering its adoption across the CTSA Program

Community Core Objectives

  1. Explore current resources sourced from the CTSA program and beyond
  2. Use attribution tools to help credit a wide range of activities in translation 
  3. Adopt open software to securely support sharing, preservation, credit, and discovery for data sets and a range of other scholarly products and activities
  4. Adopt data models to promote access, indexing, and discoverability of a wide range of resources, such as training, research, and engagement material

Presentations and Other Materials

Resource Discovery Core Community Meetings occur the last Thursday of the month at 10 am PT/1 pm ET. Contact data2health@gmail.com for meeting invitation.

InvenioRDM Open Hour Discussion Meetings occur the 2nd & 4th Tuesday of the month at 12 pm PT/3 pm ET starting May 12, 2020. Contact data2health@gmail.com for meeting invitation.

Projects (Phase III)

Information Architecture

An internal project aimed at developing single source of truth workflows for program management. This ongoing core infrastructure project creates an aggregated warehouse of resource information (expertise, services, documents, educational materials). 

InvenioRDM: A Next-Generation Repository for Research Data Management

Continuation of a Phase II project to complete the development of a born-interoperable repository and data catalog designed to empower researchers as they engage in good data practices around research data management, licensing, preservation, credit, discovery, and reuse of digital artifacts. 

Projects (Phase II)

Architecting Attribution

This project enables tracking and attribution of diverse contributions across the workforce to support credit for research contributors, provide a better understanding of what skills and activities are needed, and offer participation incentive.

Information Architecture

An internal project aimed at developing single source of truth workflows for program management. This ongoing core infrastructure project creates an aggregated warehouse of resource information (expertise, services, documents, educational materials). 

InvenioRDM: An Interdisciplinary Open Research Repository

InvenioRDM enables organizations to securely house research products and make them discoverable, shareable, reusable, and citable from publications and presentations to datasets, software, lay summaries, policy documents, and guidelines. 

Personas

The CTS Persona Portfolio was developed to represent the diverse roles that make up its members, and reflects the spectrum and diversity of the roles that are required for successful translational research at the local hub level. The Personas project spaned the translational signposts of basic research, pre-clinical research, clinical research, clinical Implementation, and public health.

Core Leads