I've been browsing slides from the last BRDI Symposium, "Finding the Needle in the Haystack: A Symposium on Strategies for Discovering Research Data Online", and found a report for the National Institutes of Health about the management and analysis of large biomedical research data (pdf available here).
It is an interesting report that provides a lot of details about data and technologies in biomedical research as well as about existing efforts in data sharing. The recommendations make sense, since they follow most of the recommendations with regard to research data - more money, more policy, more training:
- Promote data sharing by establishing a minimal metadata framework for data sharing, creating catalogs and tools and enhancing data sharing policy for NIH-funded research.
- Support the development and dissemination of informatics methods and applications by funding software development.
- Train the workforce in quantitative sciences by funding quantitative training initiatives and enhancing review expertise in quantitative methods of bioinformatics and biostatistics.