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August 31, 2017

Follow the TRAIL…

Ann Glusker

…the TRAIL, in this case, being the Translational Research and Information Lab, located in the Health Sciences Library (HSL)! Late last year the HSL, in partnership with the Institute of Translational Health Sciences (ITHS), UW Medicine Research Information Technology (RIT), and the Pacific Northwest Region of the National Network of National Libraries of Medicine (NNLM-PNR), launched this exciting new initiative, with its cool-looking space.

The space is an innovation lab, complete with a six monitor data wall and computer tower, an Amazon Echo, whiteboards, and videoconferencing equipment. Seating is informal and designed for small groups of up to 20 people, although the room can host up to 50 if necessary. It’s used for a wide range of activities—meetings requiring tech components, brainstorming sessions, small classes, technology demos, and more. For example, here’s a video of TRAIL users using the Bosc Virtual Reality system to look inside the human heart (compare what the user does with his hands to what appears on screen—fascinating!).

Also, since TRAIL’s vision is “to help accelerate healthcare research through tools, team science and applications”, TRAIL Staff provide triage and consultations on research data management tools such as RedCap, population health consultations, and data visualization tools such as Tableau.

Best of all, the space is open to researchers and investigators affiliated with the University of Washington*, and unaffiliated groups can also rent the space for an hourly fee. To reserve the room, click here, and for questions, contact the TRAIL Program Manager, HSL librarian Emily Patridge. Hope to see you at the HSL using the TRAIL space soon!

*This includes network members of the NNLM-PNR, and those working in collaboration with these groups.