The CAVD DataSpace (CDS) data portal is one component of an innovative pilot program funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation that is led bythe Statistical Center for HIV/ AIDS Research and Prevention (SCHARP) at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center (Fred Hutch). The project aims to help the HIV vaccine research community gain new insights from completed studies by pooling data and expertise. The overall CDS program includes: (1) a study catalog and integrated data; (2) services that facilitate data use; (3) leadership and governance; and (4) the web-based CDS portal and tools.
The CDS portal lowers the bar to exploring hypotheses across multiple studies by providing access to integrated, annotated data under a global data sharing and use agreement. The user-friendly CDS interface lets researchers discover study data contributed by multiple HIV consortia; filter, combine, visualize, and export information of interest; and comply with agreements and regulations on data security. This self-service approach will help scientists get their research questions answered faster while encouraging cross-lab communications.