Information Architecture

Project Description

This project is currently focusing on:

  1. Integration of information architecture activities to include the N3C Data Enclave user registration that incorporates the Unified NCATS Authentication (UNA) single sign-on system to allow for users' local credentials
  2. An external dataset conceptual framework
  3. Information flows between the CD2H and N3C websites, the G-Suite work environment, the N3C Data Enclave, and a Jira project management tracking platform
  4. Further information workflows that include Data Transfer (DTA) and Data Use Agreement (DUA) signatories, Enclave user registrations, Enclave clinical data statistics, a DUA project roster, and external dataset requests.

The Information Architecture project has also created COVIDsearch, a harvesting, aggregation, and indexing platform for COVID-19 preprints, publications, and clinical trials. Three other investigator tool prototypes are in development:

  1. COVID-19 Trial Explorer, an investigator-focused discovery/navigation of COVID-19-relevant clinical trials
  2. N3C Cohort Explorer, a visualization tool to explore the properties of the N3C patient cohort
  3. N3C Expertise, which will integrate ORCiD, preprint services, publications, and CrossRef to support the discovery of N3C investigator expertise, and a dashboard of COVID-19-relevant publications produced by N3C investigators

The resource information will be made available to the CTSA community in a variety of forms, including a search tool and widgets for CTSA hub websites to enable regional discovery and dissemination. This project aims to create a variety of dashboard views and data feeds to help both technical and non-technical team members, as well as community members navigate to the information of most interest or salient use to them.

Engagement with the CTSA hubs and Center for Leading Innovation & Collaboration (CLIC) has to-date primarily been focused upon identification and acquisition of relevant information. Much of this work in Phase II was conducted in the context of the Science of Translational Science (SciTS) platform. The emphasis in Phase III within this project framework will focus on collaborative exploration of annotation of hub web content, and specification and provisioning of micro services (widgets) into hub information environments.

Each component of this project has already-established community collaborators driving core use cases. In addition, focus groups for each component are convened as a means of driving iterative cycles of development over the six months of Phase III. The majority of the activities are not software development per se, but rather information modeling and integration exercises.

Resource Discovery Core Community Meetings occur the last Thursday of the month at 10 am PT/1 pm ET. Contact for meeting invitation.

Project Leadership

Project Cores

Resource Discovery

Enabling discovery of expertise and resources within the CTSA hubs and beyond