The National Cancer Institutes‘s Center for Biomedical Information and Information Technology (CBIIT) is the agency behind CaBIG™ or Cancer Biomedical Informatics Grid™.
What is CaBIG™ about? Essentially it is a global grid for cancer bioinformatics that the agency has been working to create since 2004. Following is an excerpt from the CaBIG™ Mission & Goals Page:
” CaBIG™ is an information network enabling all constituencies in the cancer community – researchers, physicians, and patients – to share data and knowledge. The mission of CaBIG™ is to develop a truly collaborative information network that accelerates the discovery of new approaches for the detection, diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of cancer, ultimately improving patient outcomes.
The goals of CaBIG™ are to: connect scientists and practitioners through a shareable and interoperable infrastructure, develop standard rules and a common language to more easily share information, build or adapt tools for collecting, analyzing, integrating, and disseminating information associated with cancer research and care. ”
” CaBIG™ is creating a common, extensible informatics platform that integrates diverse data types and supports interoperable analytic tools in areas including clinical trials management, tissue banks and pathology, imaging, and integrative cancer research.
Tools, Infrastructure, Data Resources used to support the CaBIG™ initiative can be accessed at: https://cabig.nci.nih.gov/inventory
This site has many layers and points of access to a highly complex subject matter. Happily for non-scientists, there are several introductory links on CaBIG™ which are really useful for getting an overview of what is available:
Also see an article written by Kenneth Buetow was recently published in The New Scientist (Apr 4 2008 ) entitled “CaBIG™ – Headed for the Big Time” – which you can read – link here.