We describe here the Early Detection Research Network (EDRN) for Cancer’s knowledge environment. It is an open source platform built by NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory with contributions from the California Institute of Technology, and Giesel School of Medicine at Dartmouth. It uses tools like Apache OODT, Plone, and Solr, and borrows heavily from JPL’s Planetary Data System’s ontological infrastructure. It has accumulated data on hundreds of thousands of biospecemens and serves over 1300 registered users across the National Cancer Institute (NCI). The scalable computing infrastructure is built such that we are being able to reach out to other agencies, provide homogeneous access, and provide seamless analytics support and bioinformatics tools through community engagement.
Daniel Crichton, Ashish Mahabal, Kristen Anton, Luca Cinquini, Maureen Colbert, S. George Djorgovski, Heather Kincaid, Sean Kelly, and David Liu, "The EDRN knowledge environment: an open source, scalable informatics platform for biological sciences research," Proc. SPIE 10194, Micro- and Nanotechnology Sensors, Systems, and Applications IX, 101942A (Presented at SPIE Defense + Security: April 13, 2017; Published: 18 May 2017); https://doi.org/10.1117/12.2263842.
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