Purpose of this Blog
This NCI Biomedical Informatics Blog is hosted by the National Cancer Informatics Program (NCIP), under the auspices of the National Cancer Institute. It is a platform for developing a dialogue and sharing information with the community, patient advocates, scientists, and our internal team. Additionally, we hope to collaborate informally and brainstorm toward real research solutions. This blog reflects NCIP’s research interests, priorities, and initiatives, and is intended to further our mission. We encourage your comments as well as your input, including topics you would like to see addressed here.
How This Blog Works
This blog is a moderated forum. All comments will be reviewed before posting to ensure their adherence to the comment policy below. We only require you to leave an e-mail address, so we may contact you about the discussion on a blog post or comment, should the need arise.
We expect blog participants to treat each other with respect. Therefore, we will not post comments that:
- Are clearly off topic;
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- Solicit funds;
- Contain surveys, polls, or questionnaires; and
- Contain reporters’ questions (see below).
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Frequency of Blog Articles and Comment Postings
Every effort will be made to post new blog articles on a timely basis. We intend to post new articles twice each month. Your comments are welcome at any time. However, moderating and posting of comments will occur only during regular business hours Monday through Friday. Comments submitted after hours or on weekends will be read and posted as early as possible the next business day.
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Linking and Disclaimer of Endorsement
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This blog’s articles and posted comments do not necessarily reflect those of the NCI, or of the federal government.
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