Survey on the use of toxicogenomics data, limitations and improvements that can be made


On June 26-27, 2013, a workshop on identifying opportunities for global integration of toxicogenomics databases was hosted at the NIEHS in North Carolina (USA). This workshop was a joint effort of Maastricht University (The Netherlands) representing the EU projects diXa and Research Data Alliance (RDA) Europe (= iCORDI) and NIEHS representing CEBS.

The final aim of the workshop was to generate a roadmap to combine globally existing toxicogenomics databases, which is one of the goals of the RDA Europe project.

As a follow-up of this workshop, participants decided to establish an RDA interest group on Toxicogenomics Interoperability.

The Research Data Alliance (RDA) is a community-driven organization that aims to facilitate data sharing. Most of the work is done through its working and interest groups. RDA interest groups are specific communities mapping out infrastructure that will enable data sharing and exchange, with concrete pieces then proposed as working groups. RDA working groups are teams focusing on short-term deliverables. The Toxicogenomics Interoperability Interest Group was recognized and endorsed by RDA in August 2013.

As a first task, we conducted a survey on the use of toxicogenomics data, limitations and improvements that can be made. The results were presented at RDA 2nd Plenary in Washington DC and are on the website (https://rd-alliance.org/internal-groups/toxicogenomics-interoperability-ig.html)