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An Overview of Research Platforms


In the field of biomedical research, a platform is essential to the collection, processing, and sharing of research data. Such platforms must be flexible, interoperable, and compliant with local regulations. This article will give an overview of the main features of research platforms and the factors to consider when selecting one for your project. In addition, this article will explain why a research platform is necessary for biomedical research and how to choose one.

Biomedical research platforms are required for the collection, processing, analysis, storage, and sharing of research data

Research data is critical to biomedical research, and platforms are required to collect, process, analyze, store, and share data. These data must be protected from misuse, and samples must be properly coded for confidentiality. Public institutions must provide such platforms. However, there are some challenges with these platforms. Some of the challenges are described below. Here, we discuss how biomedical research data management can help.

Several international and national organizations have issued guidelines for biomedical research data governance. These guidelines include data security and privacy, as well as considerations for consent conditions for research involving patients with mental illnesses. The National Ethical Consultative Committee on Health and Life Sciences published a report in 1995 that addressed the ethical and legal issues involved in genetic testing. The report recommended that such testing be accredited and that patients be given information about their disease.

They must be findable, accessible, interoperable, and compliant with local regulations

For data to be used for research, it must be findable and accessible. This is achieved by using a standardized communications protocol and rich metadata. Rich metadata provides context for data, which can facilitate automated analysis. In addition, persistent machine-readable identifiers facilitate the automatic discovery of data citations. DOIs are one such persistent identifier.

For example, authors of scientific papers should be encouraged to directly deposit data in appropriate repositories or provide links to them in the Supporting Information file. The data should be submitted in standard file formats to facilitate wide dissemination. To maximize the accessibility of data, authors should submit their data in a format that enables efficient extraction of data. It is recommended that authors submit data in a spreadsheet format rather than a PDF or image file. PLOS publishes all Supporting Information files into the figshare repository, which complies with FAIR principles.

In addition to providing access to data and other research artifacts, researchers should follow the FAIR Principles. These principles provide a framework for research data sharing that increases the visibility of research, enhances reproducibility, and improves the reliability of research results. This, in turn, attracts new partners and opens up further research questions. It is also important to note that FAIR Principles are intended for research data, not for personal or business use.

They must be flexible

Today, every organization strives to be a market leader. It drives innovation, disrupts the industry, and competes on experience. This ethos of innovation requires that research platforms be flexible. In this webinar, Kirsty Gaither, the Director of the Educational Development Center at A.T. Still University, discusses the importance of flexibility in research platforms and how to incorporate digital tools into your daily workflow.

They must be easy to use

Research platforms must be easy to use to be successful. Whether your respondents are employees or clients, you want to ensure that they are comfortable and able to give you their input in real time. Research platforms must also be secure and compliant with local regulations. Therefore, look for platforms that have the necessary security credentials. Another consideration is survey design. While some researchers may overlook this aspect, the best research vendors will work closely with academics to ensure that their platforms use intelligent methodologies and are free from potential problems before launch. Some platforms also allow you to customize your responses to your respondents, enabling you to understand better the needs of your participants and the needs of your audience.

A platform should be user-friendly for researchers and should be able to handle research projects of all sizes. DIY research platforms should offer the flexibility to customize the platform based on your needs. For example, some platforms have web rooms for collecting consumer feedback. Others may have features such as video and transcript tags. Mobile activities are also available for collecting feedback from consumers. Some platforms will also give you a way to make storyboards and videos.