Why we are doing it

Hutch Data Commonwealth

Centralize. Create. Collaborate.

By facilitating access to the vast data landscape, the HDC promises to accelerate investigator-driven research at Fred Hutch.

Graphic by Jim Woolace / Fred Hutch

Scientists to have access to new skills and capabilities

The data revolution is changing the way we do science. The exploding potential to collect more information across the entire spectrum from micro to macro means that we can conceive of investigations that we could previously only dream of. Precision medicine is only one manifestation of the new world of possibilities that is opening up to scientific investigation. Working with complex data requires a host of new skills and capabilities. Data engineering, data wrangling, data visualization, data warehousing and data analytics are skills that are needed across the data spectrum. The HDC aims to make these capabilities available and accessible to all investigators at Fred Hutch,

Currently, research at Fred Hutch is investigator-driven within a divisional and program structure in which individual labs are responsible for sourcing data and developing analytics approaches. The result of this structure is that capabilities around data become siloed and replicated. HDC aims to change the way we do data-driven investigation by creating a sharing culture around data at Fred Hutch.

HDC will help harness the power of biomedical big data

The HDC is a centralized structure that will provide the resources and expertise for all Hutch investigators to harness the power of biomedical big data for their research. HDC will not only enhance ongoing research studies but it will also open up possibilities for investigators to pursue new avenues of research. Thus, an investigator who has been able to collect multi-platform genomic data and outcomes on leukemia patients, but lacks an analyst with expertise in algorithms for complex, integrative genomics analyses, could approach HDC to collaborate on the analytics for this project. An investigator who has wanted to study patterns and comparative effectiveness of salvage treatment approaches for cancer recurrence could collaborate with HDC to source a medical record dataset of adequate size, quality and representativeness. And an investigator who is interested in consumer behaviors such as purchase patterns or specific areas of consumption, could work with HDC to identify commercial sources that would include the requisite information, and develop specifications for the analytic to address specific scientific hypotheses. Visit our team site to learn more.