Unmet Needs for Analyzing Biological Big Data: A Survey of 704 NSF Principal Investigators

Barone, Lindsay, Williams, Jason, Micklos, David (February 2017) Unmet Needs for Analyzing Biological Big Data: A Survey of 704 NSF Principal Investigators. BioRxiv. (Unpublished)

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DOI: 10.1101/108555


In a 2016 survey of 704 National Science Foundation (NSF) Biological Sciences Directorate principal investigators (BIO PIs), nearly 90% indicated they are currently or will soon be analyzing large data sets. BIO PIs considered a range of computational needs important to their work—including high performance computing (HPC), bioinformatics support, multi-step workflows, updated analysis software, and the ability to store, share, and publish data. Previous studies in the United States and Canada emphasized infrastructure needs. However, BIO PIs said the most pressing unmet needs are training in data integration, data management, and scaling analyses for HPC—acknowledging that data science skills will be required to build a deeper understanding of life. This portends a growing data knowledge gap in biology and challenges institutions and funding agencies to redouble their support for computational training in biology.

Item Type: Paper
Subjects: bioinformatics
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Communities: Dolan DNA Learning Center
SWORD Depositor: CSHL Elements
Depositing User: CSHL Elements
Date: 14 February 2017
Date Deposited: 26 May 2022 13:57
Last Modified: 26 May 2022 13:57
URI: https://repository.cshl.edu/id/eprint/40630

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