Data in the Life Sciences: Managing, Protecting, and Complying

Thursday March 6, 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Location: Joint School of Nanoscience and Nanoengineering


  • Half-day session for life sciences research faculty, staff, post docs and PhD students.

    A workshop covering common big-data challenges in biological and biomedical research. Topics include: protection of sensitive data, FISMA standards, HIPPA systems, data management, and NSF and NIH data management plans.

    Research data need to be protected, both because of researchers' competitive nature and because of federal FISMA standards, which require appropriate levels of information security according to a range of risk levels. Discussions will how institutions establish data structures that meet these needs. HIPAA compliance is often viewed as one of the biggest challenges facing biomedical research data. The presenters will show how Indiana University met this challenge in 2009 and offer guidance on how to tackle HIPAA in your own environment.

    At the same time, there is an imperative to make the results of all federally funded research public, including materials, products, procedures, and other data sources that are part of the research. NSF and NIH have now formalized this need by requiring data management plans as an element of all grant applications. The speakers will discuss how to meet recent federal funding agency data management mandates that have created new requirements for grant proposals and much confusion for research administrators and faculty alike.

    Dr. Thomas Doak of the National Center for Genome Analysis Support will introduce the workshop and discuss leveraging the national cyberinfrastructure for life science research.


  • Thomas G. Doak, Indiana University, Biology & National Center for Genome Analysis Support
  • Stacy Rose Konkiel, Indiana University Library, E-Science Librarian
  • Anurag Shankar, Indiana University Information Technology Services.


  • Effective March 5, registration information may be obtained by calling Dr. Laura Collins, 336 285-3188.
  • There is no fee to attend.