HEAL Researchers: Be a Part of the Change
The good news for HEAL-funded scientists is that we have made the data sharing process straightforward by laying out simple steps to follow when data collection begins. If you have HEAL research funding, the two most important things to do are:
- Choose where you will keep your data. Help is freely available for those who need it through the HEAL Data Stewards, a contracted resource available to all HEAL investigators.
- Register your study with the HEAL Data Platform, an innovative, cloud-based workspace for finding, sharing, analyzing, and downloading HEAL data securely and efficiently.
Like a biological ecosystem such as a forest, the HEAL Data Ecosystem is a living, changing environment. A dedicated group of HEAL-funded scientists, the HEAL Collective Board, has been guiding us in building these resources and making them nimble, easy to use, and understandable. An exciting new opportunity for more guidance is coming soon with the NIH HEAL Initiative Research-Dissemination and Engagement Center, who will be charged with creating meaningful connections with communities all across America who need reliable and understandable information to help people who suffer from physical and emotional pain.
Open science is good science that lays the fastest pathway for turning discoveries into tangible benefits for people. Everyone in the HEAL Community has the responsibility to share data early and often. The HEAL Data Ecosystem and its cloud-based environment for sharing and analyses is only as good as we make it, together.
As always, share information about HEAL with your networks and remember that we want to hear from you. It just takes a quick email to [email protected].