eTRIKS

Running time: 2012-2017
Funding agency: Innovative Medicines Initiative (IMI)
Project website: http://www.etriks.org/
Group researchers: Scott Chih-Hsi Kuo, Axel Oehmichen, David Johnson

Overview

The main objective of ‘Delivering eTRIKS’ is to build a sustainable IMI translational research informatics/KM platform – eTRIKS, and to provide sustainable IMI KM services. In order to realize an ‘open’ platform, the development will begin with transMART, an open source KM platform. eTRIKS, however, will not end with transMART. The intent is to build a combined KM/analytics platform that can serve as a base for continued development. A benchmark of success will be the establishment of a sustainable platform and service layer as well as a robust user and developer community.

Support will be provided throughout the life cycle of a translational research project. There will be an initial business and requirements analysis, which will then lead into active data management. Analytical and systems modelling capabilities will also be made available as they are developed and deployed. Hosting support, data curation, user training and help will be supported project by project through ‘account management’ structures that will be overseen by a governance and prioritisation board. In addition the legacy of the project will be preserved through the provision of a long-term data archive on project closure.

In conjunction with project support services and the eTRIKS platform development, an active community will be built to help foster engagement and to incorporate all stakeholders in ongoing and future development. The intent is to develop a business model that enables the eTRIKS platform to persist long after the 5 years of initial IMI funding.