Handling scientific data responsibly requires a great deal from investigators. The data volume has increased enormously and the requirements placed on handling them are becoming increasingly strict. This applies to requirements regarding privacy, but also to those regarding the use and reuse of data. Research data must be collected, stored, processed, analysed and archived and, what is more, shared with others. Fortunately, some generic solutions for these challenges are available, i.e. research infrastructures, which have been set up to facilitate the handling of scientific data. These research infrastructures comprise not only technical facilities (hard and software), but also focus on quality assurance processes and expertise development of investigators and administrators.
Interview with Jan-Willem Boiten, published in newsletter #1 (Nov 11, 2015): Personalized medicine: a shared infrastructure is crucial
Background article, published in newsletter #1 (Nov 11, 2015), on why this programme is of essential value for the UMCs: Joining forces
Interview with Folkert Kuipers and Frank Miedema, published in newsletter #1 (Nov 11, 2015): Data4lifesciences: towards a national data infrastructure for biomedical research
The Data4lifesciences infrastructure should lighten the load of scientists and give them easy access to high-end technology. ´Researchers urgently need an efficient shared infrastructure so that their innovations can quickly be applied in healthcare practice´, says Spinoza Prize winner Professor Cisca Wijmenga in the interview she gave, published in newsletter #1 (Nov 11, 2015).