NCBCS Working Group Charter
Driving Biological Projects
NCBC Working Groups Charter:
The RFA states the goal of creating “the networked national effort to build the computational infrastructure for biomedical computing for the nation”. In furthering this, the goals of the Software and Data Integration Working Group (SDIWG) in concert with the Project Team and Centers staff are: 1. To advance the domain sciences, and promote software interoperability and data exchange. 2. To capture the collective knowledge of software engineering and practices among the Centers and publish this knowledge widely.
There are 4 NCBC Working Groups:
The Biositemaps Working Group of the NIH Roadmap National Centers of Biomedical Computing (NCBC) (www.ncbcs.org) has developed technologies to address (i) locating, (ii) querying, (iii) composing or combining, and (iv) mining biomedical resources. Each site which intends to contribute to the inventory instantiates a file on its Internet site ‘’biositemap.rdf’ which conforms to a defined RDF schema and uses concepts from the Biomedical Resource Ontology to describe the resources.
The NIH National Centers for Biomedical Computing (NCBCs) were established to “create a networked national effort to build the computational infrastructure for biomedical computing in the nation.” As part of that effort, the NCBCs are charged with “providing the tools and resources that biomedical and behavioral researchers need to do their work.” The focus of the NCBC Dissemination Working Group is make researchers aware of these NCBC-developed tools and resources and how they can impact biology and clinical medicine.