According to Wikipedia, “In golf, a caddy or caddie is the person who carries a player's bag and clubs, and gives insightful advice and moral support. A good caddy is aware of the challenges and obstacles of the golf course being played, along with the best strategy in playing it.” This quote is emblematic of this project because bioCADDIE is designed to help data producers, disseminators, and consumers “play their game” in the new era of team science. It will give players insightful advice and financial support to implement new ideas.

The bioCADDIE team will develop a data discovery index (DDI) prototype which will index data that are stored elsewhere. The DDI will play an important role in promoting data integration through the adoption of content standards and alignment to common data elements and high-level schema. A DDI could provide the means to test the utility of these standards. It could serve as an incubator to spur the types of quality metrics that currently are being developed around article metrics, including citation analysis and altmetrics.