[okfn-tw] Fwd: OpenTrials launch/hackathon dates, OpenTrialsFDA, and Evidence Live

Chen-Yi Tu armigil at gmail.com
Fri Aug 12 05:58:37 UTC 2016

Some update from OpenTrails

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From: OpenTrials <ben.meghreblian at okfn.org>
Date: Thu, Aug 11, 2016 at 1:02 AM
Subject: OpenTrials launch/hackathon dates, OpenTrialsFDA, and Evidence Live

Exciting news - we have a launch date for OpenTrials!
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Dear OpenTrials supporter,

It’s been a while since we were in touch - once again we’ve been busy
behind the scenes! This time we bring you news about our launch date and a
hackathon, more details on the OpenTrialsFDA project, and our presentation
at Evidence Live.

Launch/hackathon dates

Exciting news - we have a launch date! OpenTrials will launch its public
beta on 10th October 2016 at the World Health Summit
in Berlin. I’ll be presenting OpenTrials and announcing details of how to
use it at the ‘Fostering Open Science in Global Health’ workshop. If you’re
attending the summit or the workshop please drop me a line
<ben.meghreblian at okfn.org?subject=World%20Health%20Summit> and let me know
- it would be great to meet.

Just before, on the 8th October, we’ll be running a one-day hackathon, also
in Berlin. This will be an opportunity for developers, data scientists,
health technologists, open data advocates and others interested in health
to learn more about the data that powers OpenTrials, how it’s structured,
and how to use our API to search the OpenTrials database and
build applications using the data.

We’re close to announcing a venue for the Berlin hackathon - I’ll be
sending an announcement once we have that confirmed, but for now if you’re
interested in attending please drop me a line
<ben.meghreblian at okfn.org?subject=OpenTrials%20hackathon> and make
sure you follow
us on Twitter
for the latest updates.


In May, OpenTrialsFDA was selected a finalist for the Open Science Prize -
its aim is to make the information contained in the Drug Approval Packages
on the FDA website easily accessible and searchable. OpenTrialsFDA is a
project OpenTrials is collaborating on with Ben Goldacre and Erick Turner,
a former FDA reviewer. We’re currently working on a prototype to
demonstrate in early December 2016, with the winner of the prize being
announced in early 2017. To read more about the OpenTrialsFDA project and
why the information we're freeing is important, click here

Evidence Live

As some of you may know, we presented OpenTrials at the Evidence Live
conference earlier this year in Oxford. Ben Goldacre and Vitor Baptista
(OpenTrials Technical Lead) gave an overview of the project including the
problems OpenTrials will address, its technical infrastructure, our
progress so far, what’s next, and a short demo. As a teaser, we’ve
important and deduplicated 331,999 clinical trials from nine clinical trial
registries. Read more about the presentation, our progress, and see the
slides here

As always, if you’re interested in contributing
to OpenTrials or have suggestions please get in touch <opentrials at okfn.org>.

Looking forward to hearing from you!

Best wishes,



Ben Meghreblian

OpenTrials Community Manager

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