University of Chicago to launch interoperable cancer clinical data commons

The University of Chicago is looking to launch a genomic and clinical data commons around oncology by the summer to create a resource that can be used by the research community, according to a post at Clinical Innovation+Technology.

The commons will be created for application programming interface access and will interoperate with other researchers' systems, Robert Grossman, Ph.D., chief research informatics officer and director of the Center in Data Intensive Science at the university, said at the Bio-IT World Congress event this week.

Grossman added that research information should be free, and said access to the data commons will be available for no charge. The commons also will be created to support myriad cloud vendors, he said.

"It's not that we couldn't use cloud centers to do this now, but I want to do it in such a way that we can interoperate and work with the community in a federated, safe way," Grossman said.

The National Institutes of Health also recently announced the launch of a data commons, called "the Commons." That project will allow datasets to be shared, as well as software and other virtual tools, FierceHealthIT previously reported.

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