About the COVID-19 Metadata Project: The COVID-19 Clinical Research Coordination Initiative (CRCI) is a province-wide collaborative partnership between academic institutions, regional health authorities, BCCDC and Ministry of Health, “aimed at creating innovative health systems and structures capable of capturing and collating collective input and feedback to enable the prioritization and coordination of COVID-19 translational research.”

The COVID-19 Metadata Project is headed by Drs. Kim McGrail and Anita Palepu, leads of the CRCI Data Science Node. The goal is to develop a searchable online platform to collect, document and disseminate metadata for COVID-19-related researcher-collected datasets in BC that have potential value for secondary analysis. We hope that this dedicated platform can enable the comprehensive sharing of COVID-19 metadata from different sources and help maximize the efficiency and the potential use of researcher-collected data. We are also using this platform as a test case for the potential of a UBC-FoM metadata commons, a repository for the curation of other clinical and health-related researcher-collected datasets.

A Brief Demonstration of the Metadata Platform Sandbox
DASH Official Launch & Metadata Platform Demonstration 

On June 22nd, DASH officially launched with a demonstration of the pilot metadata platform under development. DASH cluster lead, Dr. Anita Palepu, provided an overview of the DASH cluster and its four initial objectives (now expanded to five). MHA candidate Sarah Lin provided a metadata commons demonstration and project update, and computer scientist, Jason Hall, reviewed input requirements for PI's to verify their metadata.  Finally, project lead, Dr. Kim McGrail, led a Q&A and discussion period to learn more about PI's thoughts as future contributors to and users of the platform. 

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