The National Institutes of Health, via a prime contract with AAC on CIO SP3 Large IDIQ, has awarded ESAC, Inc. a multiyear contract to support the Big Data to Knowledge initiative (BD2K).

October 19, 2015

The National Institutes of Health, via a prime contract with AAC on CIO SP3 Large IDIQ, has awarded ESAC, Inc. a multiyear contract to support the Big Data to Knowledge initiative (BD2K).

BD2K is a trans-NIH initiative established to enable biomedical research as a digital research enterprise, to facilitate discovery and support new knowledge, and to maximize community engagement.

BD2K initiative will establish an NIH Biomedical Standards Coordinating Center (SCC) focused on widely used biomedical data and metadata standards. The goal is, through collaboration with the community and other standards efforts, to bring together information about the diverse and changing information standards relevant to biomedical research. The SCC will need to evolve to reflect the changing science and standards used to promote data sharing and reuse, and also will need to work closely with national and international standards bodies and resources to be complementary to other ongoing efforts. Over time, it is envisioned that these standards will themselves become digital assets within the Commons, and the SCC will help facilitate linkages between the data and the standards/metadata by making the standards more readily discoverable, used, and linked to relevant data.


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ESAC's technical savvy and personable staff provides tremendous value to projects involving multi-center coordination and high dimensional data management. They merge a fundamental understanding of biology with expertise in data quality control and data security. Integrating all of these factors is key to delivering a secure and fast data portal for the scientific community.

Program Manager
NCI

ESAC significantly improved the quality of bioinformatics applications of the NCI CBIIT program using industry best practices to ensure systems were validated both functionally and scientifically for use by the community.

Program Manager
NCI

We are quite impressed with not only by the technical skills provided by ESAC's software engineers but also by the depth and breadth of their subject matter experts who have provided guidance on standards and interoperability, quality assurance, and project management issues.

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HHS/ONC

ESAC continues to be an exceptional collaborator providing on-site contractors with both the expertise for building new tools and data integration platforms, and the subject matter expertise in the biosciences needed to manage projects and provide significant added value beyond the technology development.

Director
Innovation Center for Biomedical Informatics at Georgetown University Medical Center

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