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Overcoming challenges in global health data to empower research: Collection, attribution, and dissemination

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Matthew Israelson
University of Washington, Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation

The Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME) is an independent global health research center at the University of Washington. In 2011, IHME launched the Global Health Data Exchange (GHDx), the world’s most comprehensive health data catalog and repository. The GHDx includes entries (records) for surveys, censuses, vital statistics, and many other sources of health-related data and provides context for those datasets through pages on countries, series and systems, and organizations. For the 40th iASSIST Conference, IHME will provide a Track 1 Individual Proposal covering the development and implementation of the GHDx, showing how the GHDx enables the successful collection, storage, and attribution of social science data and demonstrating visualizations linking input data to research products. This session will cover the challenges of data sensitivity, management, and the “value chain” of data in research. Presenters will further explore how skilled cataloging, technology and data management improve data linkages, standardize attribution, integrate sources, and ensure data discovery for IHME’s researchers, thereby improving IHME’s publicly available estimates and reports.

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