A key challenge for HBGDki is the integration of diverse information to accelerate the generation of actionable results from multidisciplinary collaborations between research, policy, and implementation personnel at the Foundation, members of the global health community, and data scientists.

The HBGDki Seminal Events Timeline (SET) project is designed to provide an organized, integrated map of biology and disease information to help global health workers identify information related to specific aspects of early childhood growth and development. The SET is designed to be an efficient basic tool that can highlight existing knowledge, identify gaps, and assist in generating hypotheses to further research in the complex challenges of global health.

Directed by faculty lead Scott McClelland, researchers at UW START (University of Washington Strategic Analysis, Research, & Training Center) condensed information from > 400 sources and created a detailed static knowledge map in poster format (Figure 1). The map describes child growth from conception to puberty and shows the effects of insults on development.

Figure 1. Static poster of HBGDki Seminal Events Timeline (SET) knowledge map.

The large size of the poster map made it difficult to access and use. Therefore, the START team is currently collaborating with HBGDki members Kristine Johnson and Chad Hall (Cognition Studio) to develop an interactive digital SET tool based on the static map (Figure 2).

Figure 2. Video of wireframe prototype of digital HBGDki Seminal Events Timeline (SET) knowledge map (Watch the video on Vimeo).

The digital SET will be publicly available online and geared toward experts in research, policy, and implementation. It will help us explore questions outside our own fields of expertise to accelerate our work.

The beta release of the digital SET is scheduled for October 2017 at Grand Challenges. If you want to test ride the tool, please contact Chad Hall.

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