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Data Documentation Database (D3): An Essential Research Tool

Award Information

Agency:
Department of Health and Human Services
Branch:
N/A
Award ID:
85500
Program Year/Program:
2007 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
DA022090
Solicitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Topic Code:
N/A
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Small Business Information
MJ DATA CORPORATION, LTD
7 Thurber Boulevard Smithfield, RI 02917-
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Woman-Owned: Yes
Minority-Owned: Yes
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2007
Title: Data Documentation Database (D3): An Essential Research Tool
Agency: HHS
Contract: 1R43DA022090-01A2
Award Amount: $129,972.00
 

Abstract:

DESCRIPTION (provided by applicant): SBIR Abstract for DATACORP's Data Documentation Database (D3) Data documentation is an intricate and time-consuming task. Practical experience has shown that research studies frequently save time and financial costs by delegating the task to less experienced staff or by incompletely documenting the data. Yet poor documentation threatens the data's integrity, leads to improper recommendations or differential findings, and renders the data difficult to use. In the course o f conducting its own research, Datacorp has developed a solution. The Data Documentation Database, or D3, is a software application that systematically documents the data collected by a typical social science, behavioral health, or epidemiological study. T he package is easy to use, can be implemented quickly, does not require the data to be stored within it, and does not require advanced knowledge of data documentation or data management techniques. The D3 is a comprehensive documentation system. It goes be yond merely housing names and labels and records a history of the data set as it evolves. It documents changes made to the data sets, data cleaning processes, and data analyses. The D3 mines this rich set of information to produce customizable reports adhe ring to recognized standards. Reports are available in a variety of exportable formats that researchers can use in submissions to data archives or to support in house research. The D3 also creates programmatic syntax for common statistical software package s, eliminating the duplication of effort that deters researchers from documenting. The SBIR grant will help Datacorp transform the database into a standardized commercial product. Grant funds will be used to confirm the D3's applicability in a variety of r esearch settings. The SBIR grant will also support efforts to research training materials needed to support D3 customers. The final result will be a software application that produces complete, detailed, and accurate documentation for researchers in the fi eld. SBIR Narrative for DATACORP's Data Documentation Database (D3) The D3 provides researchers in the public health and social science fields with a fast and simple way of dynamically documenting the data on their projects from start to finish. Researcher s and funding agencies will benefit from having transparent, well-documented data. This will lead to more accurate, replicable results and substantiated recommendations on research studies.

Principal Investigator:

P. A. Minugh
4013311500
AMINUGH@MJDATACORP.COM

Business Contact:

Allison P. Minugh
aminugh@mjdatacorp.com
Small Business Information at Submission:

MJ DATA CORPORATION, LTD
2 RICHMOND SQUARE PROVIDENCE, RI 02906

EIN/Tax ID: 105050172
DUNS: N/A
Number of Employees: N/A
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No