Survey on needs for a registry of standards
26 January 2016
Survey on needs for a registry of standards in the life and biomedical sciences available at .

If widely used, community-driven standards can help scientists to broadly represent, annotate and share digital information in ways that enable their re-use, reproducibility and further exploration.
Did you know there are >600 standards in the life, environmental and biomedical sciences?
We know that many researchers, developers, curators, funders, journal editors, and librarians lack the support and guidance on how to best select standards and understand their maturity, or to find tools and databases that implement them.
BioSharing is a curated, web-based, searchable portal of standards. Since 2011, Biosharing has ensured standards are registered and discoverable, and has monitored their maturity and evolution, and in doing so has helped provide enough information for our growing user base to make informed decisions.
This is the time to drive enhancements to BioSharing, under several research and infrastructure programmes.

Your feedback will:
* Provide a review of BioSharing content and functionality as the ELIXIR Standards Registry, under the European EXCELERATE project
* Define BioSharing activities under the US NIH Big Data to Knowledge (BD2K) initiative, specifically to:
    - Work with the NIH Associate Director for Data Science (ADDS) office to ensure BioSharing is formally embedded in the complementary activities of the BD2K Standards Coordinating Centre
    - Inform the contribution to the selection and usage of standards in the BD2K Data Discovery Index (bioCADDIE) project, and the Centre for Expanded Data Annotation and Retrieval (CEDAR)
* Contribute to the BioSharing Working Group, operating jointly under the Force 11/Research Data Alliance (RDA)working groups.

The survey closes on 31 Jan, 2016.

Thank-you for participating - your feedback is really important.

Alejandra Gonzalez-Beltran
(on behalf of Peter McQuilton, Susanna-Assunta Sansone, Pascale Gaudet, the BioSharing team and members of its Advisory Board, ELIXIR and BD2K projects, who have helped in shaping the survey).