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Biomedical data Ethical, legal and social implications

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January 2021


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This course explores the ethical, legal and social implications (ELSI) of biomedical data sharing. The material will introduce the reasons why we want to share data, the benefits it can bring, and the challenges of doing so. It will present ideas for best practice and cover resources that provide guidance and advice for sharing data.

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Who is this course for?

This ELSI course is aimed at researchers, bioinformaticians and programmers wanting to share and access biomedical data. Whilst some familiarity with these subject areas will help understanding, experience is not necessary.

This e-learning course was developed as part of the BioMedBridges project, funded by FP7 Capacities Specific Programme, grant agreement no. 284209.

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DOI: 10.6019/TOL.ELSI-c.2015.00001.1

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