2017 MCBK Meeting

The inaugural Mobilizing Computable Biomedical Knowledge (MCBK) working meeting took place on October 18 - 19, 2017 in Ann Arbor, Michigan.


Platforms for computable biomedical knowledge are rapidly emerging to accelerate the application of biomedical knowledge into practice. The inaugural MCBK meeting took important steps to:

  • Engage critical dialogue on how to effectively develop and govern platforms for machine-executable biomedical knowledge to improve health
  • Build a pre-competitive computable biomedical community.

Participants discussed biomedical computable knowledge in the context of four, overarching themes: Participants explored what will be required to shape and sustain a community focused on making computable biomedical knowledge FAIR: Findable, Accessible, Interoperable, and Reusable. This conference was significant for advancing work in areas that require computable knowledge to translate biomedical insights for health: Learning Health Systems, Open Biomedical Science, and Clinical Decision Support. The 40 invited participants included national and international scholars and leaders from academia, government, and biomedical libraries that will curate repositories of computable knowledge.

  1. Establishing a Trusted System for Computable Biomedical Knowledge,
  2. Intellectual Property Considerations,
  3. Knowledge Infrastructure Requirements, and
  4. Metadata for Computable Knowledge.

More information from the Conference Overview can viewed here.

Additional Meeting Resources

Briefing Papers