November 4, 2010 – The Clinical Data Interchange Standards Consortium (CDISC) is working with the US National Cancer Institute’s Enterprise Vocabulary Services (NCI-EVS) on a new electronic library designed to help define and standardize data elements for use in biomedical research and healthcare.

This news was found on PharmaTimes in their article, “CDISC, NCI-EVS collaborate on clinical metadata standards.” As you can imagine, standards make us happy.

The goal of the collaboration with NCI-EVS is to develop multi-dimensional machine-readable clinical study metadata based on International Organization for Standardization (ISO) data standards and the Biomedical Research Integrated Domain Group (BRIDG) Model.

The NCI-EVS has been working with CDISC since 2004 on developing and publishing CDISC-controlled terminology for the entire suite of the Consortium’s standards, such as the Study Data Tabulation Model (SDTM) and the Clinical Data Acquisition Standards Harmonization (CDASH) standard.

It is nice to see a focus on standards in any industry, let alone one that affects our healthcare. Access Innovations is one of a very small number of companies able to help its clients generate ANSI/ISO/W3C-compliant taxonomies.

Melody K. Smith

Sponsored by Access Innovations, the world leader in thesaurus, ontology, and taxonomy creation and metadata application.