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Project 2: Creation of a Metadata Catalog and Platforms for Sepsis Epidemiology Studies

Principal Investigators

Dr. Allan Garland | Professor, University of Manitoba 
Contact: agarland@hsc.mb.ca

Dr. Isabel Fortier | Assistant Professor, McGill University
Contact: isabel.fortier2@mcgill.ca

Project Summary

Numerous and diverse existing datasets can be used to study the epidemiology of sepsis. Maximally leveraging data to study sepsis requires obtaining access to and co-analyzing linked data. However, these datasets are distributed across Canada, some are not well known or understood by sepsis investigators, and efforts to identify relevant datasets, ask for access, link and harmonize the data are fraught with challenges. A metadata catalogue is a mechanism for documenting and providing access to descriptive metadata (data about the data) for multiple datasets. Such catalogs allow users to query for data items based on desired attributes. This metadata catalog of relevant existing datasets will facilitate identifying data of value to be used for discovery, monitoring of improvement, and policymaking. We will catalog not only medical data that identify clinical sepsis events, but also non-medical datasets containing diverse information. Linking these two types of data will enable exploration of the role of novel risk factors for sepsis.  

Visit the Sepsis Canada Metadata Catalogue 

If you would like to collaborate on this research project or learn more about it, please contact the Principal Investigators.   

Sepsis Canada Team:
Team 1
Project Status:
Active / Ongoing
Focus Area:
Improving the detection and identification of sepsis