One and a half years ago we started to work with Amgen to help them improve the way they search and retrieve research data. They were looking for a solution that could aggregate and interlink their internal research data, enrich it with public data and provide an appealing, user-friendly interface for end-users.
FAIR is a fairly recent concept that stands for ‛Findable, Accessible, Interoperable and Reusable’. On the face of it, these principles don’t seem so remarkable. But what sets it apart, compared to other (earlier) open data models, is that the emphasis has shifted from the human researcher to machines.
In the last few years, the number of public data sources integrated into DISQOVER has grown steadily and we crossed the triple digit barrier in 2016. Nevertheless, the number of data sources on our waiting list for integration is growing just as fast.
One of our missions is to directly and indirectly help patients by aggregating and linking both private and public data. A direct help is to facilitate awareness about health and disease by providing proper information about prevention, diagnosis and treatment, amongst other things.