Goals and Critical Success Factors

The following elements are among the important factors that we consider to be critical to the success of the Commons Pilot Program:

  1. Faster and cheaper. We must enable the scientific community to make more important discoveries, at an increased rate, less expensively with maximum accessibility.

  2. Experimentation and innovation: Supporting diverse approaches operating in parallel to address obstacles and gaps, towards an evolving technological and collaborative toolkit building from experimentation and success.

  3. Establishing interoperable, hardened DCPCC platforms that are made available to all projects across each of the NIH institutes, and to NIH investigators to support their research.

  4. Creating common architecture utilizing standardization to promote interoperability across the stacks, and with other stacks serving NIH data (e.g. AnVIL and GDC).

  5. Establishing a user-centered framework and training program that promotes early adoption, experimentation and feedback from the user community.

  6. Engaging with an increasing circle of stakeholders and possible contributors. Supporting research projects from external investigators using DCPPC platforms and measure success by their usage.

  7. Communicating the value of the Commons work and vision to the broader community.

  8. Fostering a culture that learns from success as well as failure.

  9. Support demos of experimental functionality and engage in brainstorming. Providing transparency to learn from success across the DCPPC, and beyond.

  10. Respect intellectual contributions, authorship, and ownership.

  11. Project management systems for tracking and documenting activities and outcomes as well as a Request for Comment (RFC) system in which broad, cross cutting issues are evaluated and ratified.

  12. Support for verification and reuse of digital research tools and results.