NIH to Host Virtual Workshop on Data Metrics on Feb. 19

The National Institutes of Health’s Office of Data Science Strategy will host a virtual workshop on assessing dataset and data resource value and reach on Wednesday, Feb. 19, beginning at 9 a.m.

The goal of this workshop is to discuss core metrics, use cases, and best practices to better understand data usage and impact. The workshop will focus on two types of data resources – repositories and knowledgebases – and will bring together managers of diverse biomedical data resources to discuss community-supported best practices for data metrics.

NIH-funded data resources (repositories and knowledgebases) use varied approaches to measure use and utility (community value/impact) of the resource itself, and/or the use and utility of specific datasets held by the resource. Data resource managers, funders, and users are interested in understanding the impact and value of data resources and the data they host. This workshop will include speakers representing each of these stakeholders to discuss approaches to and values in evaluating research data and its infrastructure.

Some of the questions that participants are invited to consider include:

  1. What are the long-term positive or negative consequences of having evaluation metrics for research data?
  2. Are there existing standards or methodologies for assessing research data value and reach?
  3. How might different stakeholders (data resource users, managers, or funders) use data metrics?

NIH Data Science IdeaScale will be used before and after the workshop to gather input from the community.

Workshop links:

  1. Registration
  2. Agenda

Related materials:

  1. NIH Data Science Strategic Plan
  2. Trustworthy Data Repositories Workshop

Please contact Dr. Fenglou Mao at if you have any questions or comments.