Open Knowledge is thrilled to announce that the team ‘OpenTrialsFDA’ has been selected to advance our product idea into a prototype to complete for a $230,000 prize in the Open Science Prize, a global science competition to make both the outputs from science and the research process broadly accessible to the public.
OpenTrialsFDA is a collaboration between Erick Turner (a psychiatrist-researcher and transparency advocate), Dr. Ben Goldacre (Senior Clinical Research Fellow in the Centre for Evidence Based Medicine at the University of Oxford) and the team behind OpenTrials at Open Knowledge.
OpenTrialsFDA will increase access, discoverability and opportunities for re-use of a large volume of high quality information currently hidden in user-unfriendly Federal Drug Administration (FDA) drug approval packages. The prototype will enable academics, clinicians and researchers working with clinical trials to search and access the FDA information on clinical trials via a user-friendly web interface. The team will also produce application programming interfaces (APIs) allowing third party platforms to access, search, and present the information, thus maximising discoverability, impact, and interoperability.
The prototype will provide the academic research world with important information on clinical trials in general, improving the quality of research, and helping evidence-based treatment decisions to be properly informed, by an evidence base that is more complete and less vulnerable to “spin”.
The finalists, announced at the 7th Health Datapalooza Conference in Washington, D.C., were selected out of 96 multinational, interdisciplinary teams representing 450 innovators from 45 countries. The Open Science Prize is a collaboration between the National Institutes of Health and the Wellcome Trust, with additional funding provided by the Howard Hughes Medical Institute of Chevy Chase, Maryland.
Final prototypes will be submitted on December 1, 2016, and will be demonstrated at an Open Science Prize Showcase to be held in early December 2016. The public will also be invited to consider and vote online for their favourite prototype. The ultimate Open Science Prize winner is expected to be announced in late February or early March 2017.