Its objectives/aims/mission is to:
- promote standardization and/or interoperability of existing and newly generated BDI following FAIR principles and utilizing currently accepted ontologies where available.
- support the free and public availability of data and associated metadata following FAIR principles.
- develop open-source and freely available tools, pipelines and repositories following FAIR principles.
The composition of the BDI SC must:
- include representation from scientists who expertise encompasses different types of “big data” relevant to immunology, including systems immunology (e.g., bioinformaticians, immunologists, clinicians, epidemiologists, ethics/policy/legal experts).
- ensure a diversity of perspectives from across the world; viz., representation by persons of diverse gender, race, ethnicity, nationality and national income level.
The BDI SC will implement its goals by:
- establishing, integrating with, and/or promoting Working Groups involved in standardization of different types of BDI and their analysis, storage, sharing, and where appropriate, establishing, integrating with, and/or promoting Review Groups for maintaining those norms;
- developing recommendations on policies for universal standards to be implemented by national and international agencies, including funding agencies and journals.
- surveying IUIS member societies and other relevant entities for their interest in, concerns about, and priorities for BDI and their standardization;
- supporting training in BDI-related topics, especially in low-resource settings.
- collaborating/integrating with other entities that share similar objectives (e.g., goFAIR; the Research Data Alliance (RDA); and
- partnering with IUIS-affiliated Societies, governments, international agencies, and other entities to educate and promote the BDI’s recommendations on standards.
See here the Terms of Reference for a description of this Sub-Committee’s governance.
Christian Busse, MD, PhD
German Cancer Research Center, Germany
Jamie Scott, MD, PhD
Simon Fraser University, Canada
Felix Breden, PhD – Simon Fraser University, Canada
Dharshan De Silva, PhD – General Sir John Kotelawala Defence University
Helder Nakaya, PhD – Hospital Israelita Albert Einstein, Brazil
Bjoern Peters, PhD – La Jolla Institute for Immunology, USA