Published on November 28, 2016

Castor EDC has recently been approved as a vendor by the Glasgow University NHS R&D department. To celebrate this we are organizing a mini-seminar on ‘’The future of data standardization and sharing in clinical research’’ by our CEO: Derk Arts (MD, PhD). The mini-seminar will take place at the Queen Elizabeth University Hospital, Level 3, Teaching and Learning Centre in Glasgow, UK on the 7th of December from 10:00 to 11:00 a.m. You can register for this event by sending an email to

We believe that sharing collected data from trials has the potential to exponentially increase the efficiency and accuracy of medical research and reduce research waste through repeated trials.

Derk Arts
Derk Arts, MD, PhD

Unfortunately, barriers to do so still exist such as the difficulty to find, access and use previously collected research data sets that were not standardized. 

By incorporating the FAIR principles (Findable, Accessible, Interoperable, and Reusable) in Castor we eliminate these barriers as we allow researchers to expose their data in a way that research data can be shared easily between research projects worldwide.

We will discuss the benefits of FAIR data more in detail while we also go further into the different challenges we face as we move towards the worldwide implementation of FAIR.

The future of data standardization and sharing in clinical research

We strongly believe that the world will experience a major increase in the quality and efficiency of research if we all continue to make data available in environments like the European Open Science Cloud (EOSC).

Castor EDC is convinced that embracing the FAIR principles will help improve healthcare in the long run by ensuring better quality of evidence to base our medical guidelines on.

Finally we will round off by presenting our solution to make capturing FAIR data accessible for every researcher worldwide.

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