National Cancer Institute is to create a Cancer Genomics Cloud

Government Health IT reports on the NIH’s National Cancer Institute announcement to set up the cloud infrastructure toward the establishment of a full Cancer Knowledge Commons to enable “democratic access to NCI-generated genomic data”

“Today, researchers often have to mine genomics data from various sources by locating and downloading it — such as the Cancer Genome Atlas, the Cancer Genomics Hub and the International Cancer Genome Consortium — then add their own data and use it all on local hardware.

“This model has been successful for many years,” NCI officials wrote, “but is becoming untenable given the enormous growth of biomedical data since the advent of large-scale scientific programs such as the Cancer Genome Atlas,” which on its own this year is set to generate some 2.5 petabytes, half a petabyte less than the Library of Congress’ digital collection.”

This year, $20M will be spend on awarding contractors to deliver a cloud pilot.

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