Connecting Data in Child Development (CD2)
Applicant: prof. dr. Chantal Kemner (Utrecht University)
The NWO gravitation funded Consortium on Individual Development (CID) unites Dutch developmental research in social sciences and humanities. As part of CID, six longitudinal youth cohorts currently collaborate (YOUth, L-CID, RADAR, NTR, TRAILS, and Generation R) across studies and disciplines. Over the past fifty years, these studies have collected a wealth of data on social, psychological, and biomedical developments during childhood, adolescence and beyond. To use these multidisciplinary data to their full potential and enable cross-study integration, it is crucial to highlight the connections and commonalities between these cohorts. To do this, the information about the data (metadata) needs to be harmonised and easily findable.
The current initiative aims to develop a digital infrastructure that encompasses harmonized metadata of all CID cohorts. This digital infrastructure will enable users to locate and explore study variables and materials, and thereby identify opportunities for integration, replication, and collaboration. CD2 will develop this infrastructure according to the excellent standards employed by ODISSEI and HEALTH-RI, complementing these initiatives. The infrastructure will be built in such a way that the approaches and pipelines will be freely available, and adaptable to other longitudinal youth cohorts.