It’s been quite a week – we were speaking at the International Open Data Conference in Madrid on Fri 7th, running a Hack Day in Berlin the following day, and then launching OpenTrials beta two days later at the World Health Summit.

Now that the dust has settled, I wanted to give you a brief summary of what we got up to at the Hack Day and also give you some information on the API for those of you who want to play around with the data that powers OpenTrials.

Hack Day

We had a range of people attend our event in Berlin, from researchers, developers, artists, and industry consultants. Some were just interested in the concept of OpenTrials and its ability to improve medicine, but were new to coding, whereas others were seasoned developers used to hacking code and got their teeth straight into our API.


Open Trials Hack Day group in discussion
The OpenTrials Hack Day in discussion (photo by benmeg / CC BY)


A range of ideas for projects, integrations, and improvements were discussed, including:


Mapping conditions, interventions, and trials
Mapping conditions, interventions, and trials (photo by benmeg / CC BY)


Of particular mention is Matthias Koenig’s hack (see above) – more screenshots and code here.

The conversations of the day generally revolved around medicine, but covered everything from text and data mining, improving research quality, clinical trial transparency, through to open access and open science, We’d love to keep the conversations going, so if you’re inspired to work on something or have already started, please let us know and we’ll make sure to spread the word.

Whether you attended or are interested in working with the OpenTrials data, please join the conversation in our chatroom and view the code behind OpenTrials.


API information

If you’re a developer or data scientist who’s interested in playing with our underlying data, we have an API available (caveat emptor: early version, may change) – here are some documents to get you up to speed with the data:

Update: If you use R, be sure to check out Darko Bergant’s great tutorial – Using OpenTrials API with R


NB. You can download a database dump of OpenTrials here.

We’re also happy to discuss potential collaborations, and ask that if you use our data for academic research, you cite our paper – thanks!

If you have any feedback, bug reports, or feature requests for OpenTrials please either
email us or file an issue on our GitHub repo.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *