Data Science and Informatics

The Data Science and Informatics Subcommittee monitors issues and develops proactive policies on topics related to data science, computational biology, and informatics in biological and medical research. The subcommittee will identify issues of concern to the FASEB member societies, communicate with federal agencies and other organizations, and develop position statements for review by the Science Policy Committee.

Specific topics of interest include federal policy on data generation, storage, protection, sharing, citation, and utilization, the accessibility and management of resources and standards, and IT infrastructure.

Statement on Data Management and Access

FASEB affirms the importance of data management and access to scientific progress. Good data practices are necessary to achieve the maximal benefit of research for all stakeholders. Technological advances are expanding the ways investigators collect, utilize, and share data, leading to new knowledge and discovery. The diversity of data types, research areas, and resources available make it challenging to identify data management and accessibility strategies that are practical and relevant for all life science fields. Therefore, FASEB advocates for flexible and customizable approaches that allow investigators and research sponsors to establish reasonable expectations for a particular research project.

Moving forward, the scientific enterprise will need to develop integrated community-based solutions. The following principles and recommendations are meant to help guide stakeholder efforts to advance data management and access in the biological and medical sciences.