ToolPool Gesundheitsforschung – A Repository for Software and Services Focused on Supporting Clinical and Epidemiological Research
Matthias Löbe, Martin Bialke, Jonas Bienzeisler, Johannes Drepper, Thomas Ganslandt, Sophie Haderer, Detlef Kraska, Martin Lablans, Ulrich Sax, Ronald Speer, Sebastian Stäubert, Knut Kaulke, Board of Trustees of the ToolPool Gesundheitsforschung
The academic research environment is characterized by self-developed, innovative, customized solutions, which are often free to use for third parties with open-source code and open licenses. On the other hand, they are maintained only to a very limited extent after the end of project funding. The ToolPool Gesundheitsforschung addresses the problem of finding ready to use solutions by building a registry of proven and supported tools, services, concepts and consulting offers. The goal is to provide an up-to-date selection of “relevant” solutions for a given domain that are immediately usable and that are actually used by third parties, rather than aiming at a complete list of all solutions which belong to that domain. Proof of relevance and usage must be provided, for example, by concrete application scenarios, experience reports by uninvolved third parties, references in publications or workshops held. Quality assurance is carried out for new entries by an agreed list of admission criteria, for existing entries at least once a year by a special task force. Currently, 79 solutions are represented, this number is to be significantly expanded by involving of new editors from current national funding initiatives in Germany.
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