The New World – Linked Data and PhUSE
In Edinburgh in October, A3 Informatics stepped out of the shadows and launched itself into the world. To say the conference was an exciting time for the team is an understatement. With nearly 700 attendees, 125 presentations and 40 exhibitors, there was no doubt we were expecting it to be busy. However the level of interest in linked data and graph data, along with the benefits of using graph technology, was incredible.
Trends and Technology Stream Presentation
Helping the Define.xml User
Dave Iberson-Hurst was the first to present in the Trends and Technology Stream. His focus was on the quality of Define.xml files received as part of submissions to the FDA; often they are low quality or missing completely. Dave demonstrated tools that could be used to build a better Define.xml file. He explained the considerable advantages of using linked data and graph technologies and how using a semantic metadata repository can aid the process of building Define.xml files. In particular, he highlighted the benefit to value-level metadata; how the tool can “learn” as Define files are created to aid future work and guide and assist a user; and how to allow for easy upgrades from one version of Define.xml to another, all focused around easing the user’s task and create higher quality Define.xml files.
You can download Dave’s paper and slides from PhUSE here:
Software Demonstrations Stream Presentation
Tools for All Sponsors
This presentation by Dave Iberson-Hurst looked at the complex area of IT implementation. Large sponsor organisations can spend enormous amounts of money on complex IT projects. Smaller companies often do not have this luxury. The presentation demonstrated the Glandon Suite Toolset which is designed to assist smaller companies who need to manage their standards without making a large investment in “big IT”. Alternatively, the Suite can support a large Sponsor who wants their day to day workflow uninterrupted by another new IT installation.
The demonstration focused on:
- The Glandon Metadata Repository based on semantic technologies
- The Study Build Tool that employs the MDR API to build studies for EDC deployment
- The Define.xml Tool that also uses the MDR API to assist users to build better Define.xml files
The demonstration also included:
- balancing the underlying technology to allow the future to be built versus the presenting the information in ways users understand
- building for the future, without disrupting workflow
- intelligent design that allows for two different worlds to work alongside each other
For more about the demonstration, you could read Dave’s Blog on: All the toys, Graphs, FHIR and CDISC | from EHR to SDTM
You can download Dave’s slides from this presentation here (there is no paper for this, as it was a replacement for a company that could not longer take part):
If you want to find out more about what we do or you’d like a demonstration, please don’t hesitate to contact us.