The fifth Joint Conference of the U.S. National Cancer Institute cancer Biomedical Informatics Grid® caBIG® and the U.K. National Cancer Research Institute (NCRI) Informatics Initiative took place in London at the Wellcome Trust on June 13-14, 2011.
This annual event is the result of a close international collaboration founded on the sharing of open-source tools, infrastructure, and data. This year, the meeting had a different format from those of previous years.
Conscious of the fact that these conferences present a unique opportunity to formulate concrete collaborations (bringing together as they do, a wealth of expertise and knowledge from around the world) the conference moved away from the open registration format of the past, to being an 'invitation-only' event, with international representatives invited to contribute to one of five key themes.
The hope was that the small size of the groups working on each theme would facilitate the quick and easy exchange of ideas between key international players, and, hopefully, the generation of actual collaborations which would help to address key, unresolved issues in the respective themes.
In this regard the conference was a success with each of the groups producing recommendations, commitments and collaborative proposals which will be taken forward in the coming months. These experiences will form the basis for a number of peer reviewed papers and, it is hoped, submissions to Nature Precedings.
A summary of the discussions and the slide-shows presented are now available on the UK's National Cancer Research Institute Informatics Initiative pages