Technical Standards & Infrastructure

Bruce Bray


University of Utah

Jamie McCusker


Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

The Standards and Infrastructure workgroup seeks to mobilize diverse stakeholders in an ongoing and active engagement around the detailed scientific description of computable biomedical knowledge (CBK). We envision the creation and perpetuation of a robust CBK ecosystem that encourages public-private partnerships; supports open standards; generates value for users by making CBK more findable, accessible, interoperable, and reusable; highlights the limits of CBK and CBK biases; and engenders equity in the generation and application of CBK for health.

The one charge of the Standards and Infrastructure workgroup is to identify and describe the landscape of infrastructure stakeholders; the framework components necessary to move computable biomedical knowledge (CBK) from generation into practice by facilitating the testing, versioning, use, evaluation, scalability, interoperability, and dissemination of CBK; and the use cases that connect stakeholders to framework components.

The Standards and Infrastructure workgroup will serve as a clearinghouse for news and events of interest to infrastructure stakeholders and the overall MCBK community.

We will engage with complementary efforts within MCBK and externally with various standards development organizations and open science initiatives (e.g. RDA, GA4GH, Chan Zuckerberg Biohub) to identify what makes it difficult for people to implement CBK right now, and to ask, “How can we make it easier?”

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