To offer an instructional workshop for individuals conducting substance abuse research to address the following issues and topics:
Approximately 67 attendees and instructors from 18 different states attended the course. They represented 40 departments in 34 universities, three businesses, and seven Institutes or Centers of NIH. Their expertise ranged from HIV and economics, to imaging, electrophysiology and genetics. They exemplified all career stages from senior investigators to pre-doctoral students, and included both data and resource providers, as well as informatics experts and managers.
In a panel discussion led by Dr. Erich Baker of Baylor University, workshop instructors provided a variety of suggestions and recommendations for Best Practices which could be applied in describing and reporting data and resources to enable their recognition by machine (computer) and thus facilitate their discovery by others. Dr. Baker's summary of these offerings is available on the workshop website here.
Workshop instructors are now independently drafting a paper on Best Practices for data and resource discovery which they plan to submit for publication.