Abstracts are now being accepted — the submission process is the same whether you want to give a poster, demo, or presentation. Selection of abstracts as presentations, demos, or posters will be done by the session organizer for the topic you select when you submit your abstract. Descriptions of the session topics are found below.
You will also have to indicate your preference for how to present your abstract. There are several choices:
You can indicate that you are willing to give a poster/demo in addition to or instead of a presentation by selecting one of the two options “poster or presentation” or “demo or presentation.” If you select “Presentation only” and your abstract is not selected for a presentation, it will not be considered for a poster or demo.
All abstract submitters, whether or not selected for poster/oral presentation, will have the option of submitting a digital poster in order to increase visibility of the work. Digital posters will be included on the meeting website. If you would like to submit a digital poster, you should upload it to a public data sharing site and then provide the meeting organizers with a persistent unique identifier, following these steps:
You will need to select which session you want to be considered for. Below are descriptions of the sessions as well as the session organizer to whom questions can be addressed.
Research Highlights – Session Organizers: Jennie Larkin & Philip Bourne
Abstracts about research with demonstrated biomedical significance should select this option. From abstracts that choose “Research Highlights”, several will be selected to give 10-minute oral sessions about impactful research being undertaken across BD2K, and others will be selected to be presented as posters. The selection will include work from the BD2K Centers as well as other awards. The presentations will highlight the breadth of activities ranging from molecules to populations. Emphasis will be on new scientific findings. We expect that new methodologies, not necessarily with novel scientific outcomes, to be presented in the software and methods section, standards and perhaps other sessions.
Software, Analysis, & Methods Development – Session Organizers: Dave Miller & Jennifer Couch
Abstracts about new methodologies should select this option. This session will highlight NIH activities related to innovative new tools arising from the Targeted Software, QuBBD awards, and Interactive Digital Media Awards through a series of very short lightning talks.
BioCaddie and Resource Indexing – Session Organizers: Ron Margolis, Dawei Lin, & Ian Fore
Abstracts about resource indexing should select this option. This session will highlight NIH activities that help the research community find data and other digital research objects. This session will address technological, social, and scientific challenges to providing robust, usable, and scalable data indexing approaches. Following an overview of the DataMed prototype, there will be short presentations on topics such as scalability, alternative search and indexing approaches, establishing consensus criteria for repositories to ensure their data holdings are indexable.
The Commons – Session Organizers: Vivien Bonazzi & Valentina Di Francesco
Abstracts about pilots for the NIH Commons should select this option. These abstracts will be considered for posters and/or demos only. This session provides an opportunity to showcase data Commons activities that are enabling the development of a biomedical data ecosystem.
Collaborations – Session Organizer: Mark Guyer
Abstracts that involve collaborations among BD2K participants or between BD2K participants and others should select this option. By taking advantage of the consortium-based organization of the BD2K effort, such collaborations would create synergies and accelerate progress beyond the abilities of individual research efforts to achieve the ambitious goals of the initiative. The session will consist of 3-5 talks that will describe several types of collaborations that have been developed by grantees within and beyond BD2K.
Sustainability – Session Organizers: Susan Gregurick & Allen Dearry
Abstracts that involve interoperability and sustainability of the digital ecosystem, should select this option. This session will focus on metrics and measures of success for data preservation.
Sustainable data preservation is critical to biomedical research communities and to funders of the sciences. Researcher needs should drive data lifecycle governance, with the selection of appropriate models to improve data management and longer-term maintenance varying by the particular research community. This session will feature short presentations and a panel discussion to initiate open dialogue on the emerging issues and strategies in this area, including archiving, preservation, and certification.
Standards Development – Session Organizers: Sherri de Coronado & Cindy Lawler
Abstracts about data and metadata standards should select this option. The session will feature an overview of the vision for standards as a backbone for the NIH Data Commons, followed by examples.
Workforce Development and Training – Session Organizer: Michelle Dunn
Abstracts about training programs, curriculum development, or open educational resources should select this option. Career development awardees may also choose this option. The session will feature an overview of current training activities such as Building Collaborations and about six 10-minute presentations that highlight the variety of activities in the BD2K training initiative.