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Code TI Helps Sponsor Cross-Center/Cross-Program Collaborative Life Science Data Technical Exchange Meeting

Code TI and the Code SC (Space Biosciences Division) Life Sciences Data Archive and International Space Station Science Operations Center (ISOC) team sponsored a cross-Center/cross-program Collaborative Life Science Data Technical Exchange Meeting (TEM) on January 14-15. The focus of this TEM was to discuss a multi-Center/multi-program collaborative approach on standard architecture interfaces, tissue sharing, and bio-banking standards in support of NASA Program Directive (NPD) 7100.1A, and on following NASA Procedural Requirements (NPR) on the Curation of Scientific Collections. The goals of this first TEM were to foster discussion on gaps, challenges, lessons learned, and strategy for a collaborative vision between the Human Research Program (HRP), the Space Biology Programs (SBPs), and International Space Station Program (ISSP) projects that maintain human research and bioscience data and curate scientific collections (bio-specimens from on-orbit and ground control operations). Attendees and presenters were:

  • Ames Life Sciences Data Archive (ALSDA)
  • Exploration Medical Capability (ExMC)
  • GeneLab (GL)
  • Human Health Countermeasures (HHC) Life Sciences Translational Research
  • HHC Translational Research Tissue Sharing Project (TSP)
  • Human Research Program (HRP, ARC representation)
  • HRP TeleScience Center (TSC) –ISS Mission Programs element
  • ISS Science Operations Center (ISOC)
  • JSC Code SF5 Architecture Systems Working Group
  • JSC Life Sciences Data Archive (JSC LSDA)
  • Kennedy Space Center Life Sciences Data Archive (KSC LSDA)
  • KSC Plant & Microbe Project
  • Lifetime Surveillance of Astronaut Health (LSAH)
  • Mission Extended Medical Enterprise (MEME) - electronic medical records
  • NASA Space Radiation Lab (NSL)
  • Space Bio Rodent Research (RR)
  • Space Biosciences (Code SC, ARC representation)
  • System Integration and Support Laboratory (SISL) - lab/research machines
  • WESTPrime - HQ Office of the Chief Information Officer
Data Management: This section of the meeting between Centers surfaced agreement on the need for a common web portal to provide search features for the necessary links to data repositories and analytic and decision-making tools for cross-Center data and bio-specimen sharing. Also discussed were the potential benefits for both cost and user-friendliness with the advent of a common User Interface across Centers and programs, e.g., data dictionaries (metadata syncing) and application interfaces for real-time and near real-time access of data for principal investigators, researchers, science management, and/or the public; and to move away from legacy IT systems and software. The goal is to eventually address facilitation of analytic and decision-making tools to support translational research benefiting human exploration.

Curation of Scientific Collections: This section of the meeting focused on Tissue Sharing Program needs and identification of a standard for institutional and project tissue sharing across the Agency, with external and international partners.

Actions agreed to by members in this TEM:

  1. Development of a white paper
  2. Continue these meetings as a series for further discussion on collaboration and completion of the white paper
Note: The Johnson Space Center (JSC) Code SF5 Architecture Working Group that manages MEME, SISL, and TSC were very impressed by the ARC Joint-LSDA and ISOC work in using the Collaborative Life Sciences Repository (cloud, enabling real-time and near-real-time access to telemetry and video that significantly reduced the cost of operations from 8-16 hours a day of operations resource hours, to 2-4 hours a day of operations resource hours, which increased research investigation turnaround time and crew-training time). As a result of this, they plan on working with the ARC LSDA and ISOC team in leveraging the necessary automation and cloud applications to model similar architecture for monitoring astronaut health in the Mission Extended Medical Enterprise (MEME).

BACKGROUND: NASA's Life Sciences Data Archive (LSDA) is an active archive that provides information and data from 1961 (Mercury Project) through current flight and flight analog studies (International Space Station, Space Shuttle, bed rest studies, etc.) involving human, plant, and animal subjects. Much of the information and data are publicly available on the LSDA website: . Some data are potentially attributable to individual human subjects, and thus restricted by the Privacy Act, but can be requested for research.

POINT OF CONTACT: Helen Stewart,

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