Members of ODG attended the International Society for Biocuration annual meeting at Stanford, CA from March 27-29, 2017.
Nicole Vasilevsky presented two posters, which both won a best poster award at the conference.
The poster titled “Training future biocurators through data science trainings and open educational resources” was co-authored by Nicole, Ted Laderas (DMICE), Jackie Wirz, Bjorn Pederson (DMICE), David Dorr (DMICE), Bill Hersh (DMICE), Shannon McWeeney (DMICE) and Melissa Haendel. and is available here. The poster described development of in-person data science trainings offered as short courses to OHSU students, and the development of Open Educational Resources (OERs) that are available online (dmice.ohsu.edu/bd2k). Conference attendees were particularly interested in the BD2K tutorials on topics related to biocuration (such as BDK05 on Data Standards and BDK12 on Data annotation and Curation), as there is a lack of formal training in biocuration. Several biocuration efforts discussed at the conference involved crowd-sourced efforts, so these tutorials will be useful for training contributors to these community databases.
The poster titled “A need for better data sharing policies: a review of data sharing policies in biomedical journals” described a project led by Robin Champieux and co-authored by Nicole, Jessica Minnier (from the OHSU-PSU School of Public Health) and Melissa Haendel, and is available here. This poster described an analysis of biomedical journal data sharing policies. It is widely agreed that data sharing is important for ensuring transparency of research results and scientific reproducibility (and data sharing will certainly facilitate biocuration efforts to extract information from the literature into databases). This analysis showed that approximately 40% of journals (in our sample) either required or strongly encouraged data sharing upon publication. The data from this analysis is shared here (which includes a list of journals that require or encourage data sharing) and we hope that researchers will publish in those journals that require data sharing. A preprint is available here, and the manuscript has been accepted for publication in PeerJ and will be available soon.