Duke Center for Health Informatics: Mobilizing Computable Biomedical Knowledge (MCBK): Sharing Data and Software to Improve Human Health

October 19, 2022
4:00 pm to 5:00 pm

Event sponsored by:

School of Medicine (SOM)
Duke Center for Health Informatics


Johnstone, Jessica



Deborah Swain, PhD

Seminar Abstract: Mobilizing Computable Biomedical Knowledge (MCBK) involves open access publications that in addition to text and graphics include “dynamic knowledge” with encodable prediction models and computable code. Such computable knowledge can provide readers, for example, with a diagnosis or a tool to compute a risk score for infection from data. Learning how to support contributions to open publications like the Learning Health Systems Journal and to share data collections with computable knowledge were the primary learning objectives for an IMLS Training Grant pilot class in 2021. Students reviewed sample materials, explored tools, interacted with knowledgeable speakers, and provided suggestions for developing Open Educational Resource (OER) materials. An OER website will be available in January 2023 for global users. This seminar will introduce the MCBK manifesto, the Learning Health Systems (LHS) continuous cycle of change, how to avoid bias in healthcare research and development, and an update on the infrastructure CBK-Metadata Model project to enable the creation and use of computable knowledge.

BiosketchDeborah Swain, PhD., is a Professor in the School of Library and Information Sciences (SLIS) at NC Central University. Currently she is project director for an Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) grant to prepare learning resources about MCBK (Mobilizing Computable Biomedical Knowledge). She has over 20 years of experience in business, education, and managing information projects. She has taught at UNC-Chapel Hill, NC State, and Campbell University. She does research on and teaches graduate courses in data mining and analytics, health informatics, knowledge management, and usability (user experience). She completed her doctorate in Information Science at UNC-Chapel Hill (1999) and has an MA from UNC-CH and a BA from Duke University. She has worked as a systems engineer, information developer, consultant, and project manager for IBM, AT&T, and Bell Labs.  She is a member of the Association for Information Science and Technology (ASIS&T), the International Conference on Knowledge Management (ICKM), the American Library Association (ALA), the Medical Library Association (MLA), and the Special Library Association (SLA). She was Conference Chair of the ICKM in 2020. With the IMLS grant research team, Dr. Swain will present about MCBK at ALISE and ASIS&T conferences in Pittsburgh in October 2022.

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