Integrating Data for Analysis, Anonymization and SHaring (iDASH) is one of the National Centers for Biomedical Computing (NCBC) under the NIH Roadmap for Bioinformatics and Computational Biology. Founded in 2010, the iDASH center is hosted on the campus of the University of California, San Diego and addresses fundamental challenges to research progress and enables global collaborations anywhere and anytime. Driving biological projects motivate, inform, and support tool development in iDASH. iDASH collaborates with other NCBCs and disseminates tools via annual workshops, presentations at major conferences, and scientific publications.
iDASH offers the following resources within a secure cyberinfrastructure:
The pace of biomedical scientific discovery is rapidly accelerating with access to new health information technologies that enable multi-disciplinary, multi-investigator collaborations and data sharing. Now more than ever, there is a growing urgency to deploy large-scale, systems-of-systems to address global health priorities.
Biomedical researchers around the world now collaborate via advanced network infrastructures connected to sophisticated computing resources that can fully exploit large-scale data sources and rapidly share and reuse data. At the same time, there is a growing “digital divide” between the “have and have not” researchers who can participate in this new mode of science due to limited access to advanced networks and/or data-intensive computational infrastructures required for integration, analysis, and sharing of high-quality collections of data.