This is a reformulation of the discussion started here.
In our research studies, we share the analysis code and execute it at each data site. Afterwards, results need to be communicated back to the study coordinator. In recent studies such as our treatment pathway study, drugs in peds study, and birth month - disease risk study we used e-mail to send data files back and forth, but this is far from ideal. For example, sometimes the data files were to big to fit into someone’s inbox. We need to develop a solution to sharing (study) files.
Please feel free to propose requirements for that solution. To start the list, here are some requirements I can think of:
- Should be able to handle large files (which rules out e-mail)
- Security: even though OHDSI is all about transparency and openness, most sites would prefer not to make intermediate study files public, at least not before a paper is published. Often access to files should therefore be limited to those involved in the study.
- Versioning: Often studies go through several iterations before the final results are produced. Ideally the solution should help keep track of the different versions submitted by sites.
Let me know if you agree or disagree with these, or would like to add additional requirements!