Posted on October 8th, 2014 in Anita Bandrowski, Data Spotlight | No Comments »
The Neuroscience Information Framework, has been asked many times “how can we sort through this dizzying amount of data?” to which we have never had a great answer until now. With SciCrunch, a shared portal infrastructure that allows users to create their own portals into subsets of data, NIF has created a dedicated subset of resources funded by and of interest to the aging research community.
The portal can be found here: http://scicrunch.com/Aging
The NIA funded a small award to pull interesting resources out of the main, at times overwhelming quantity, of NIF resources into their own portal, and we have done this for 14 databases including the following that were brought in specifically for the portal:
Other resources that were already present in the Data Federation such as Aging Genes Database and Clinical Trials. However, we hypothesize that with many databases only subsets of the data are relevant to aging, for example our integrated Clinical Trials data are relevant to aging when the population is aged. Similarly Gene Ontology Annotations for aging-related genes are included. If this is not a valid assumption, we would love to hear from you.
We hope that this portal is a useful tool for aging researchers, who can start looking for aging relevant data or databases funded by the NIA by looking at the subset of community databases and hopefully recover reasonable subsets of data. However, if the subset of data is not sufficient for the purposes of the researcher, all of the other databases aggregated by NIF are available and accessible via a fully configured search interface under the “more resources” tab.
Happy Data Hunting!