The Ark: A customizable web-based data management tool for health and medical research

Adrian Bickerstaffe, Thilina Ranaweera, Travis Endersby, Christopher Ellis, Sanjaya Maddumarachchi, George E. Gooden, Paul White, Eric K. Moses, Alex W. Hewitt, John L. Hopper

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The Ark is an open-source web-based tool that allows researchers to manage health and medical research data for humans and animals without specialized database skills or programming expertise. The system provides data management for core research information including demographic, phenotype, biospecimen and pedigree data, in addition to supporting typical investigator requirements such as tracking participant consent and correspondence, whilst also being able to generate custom data exports and reports. The Ark is 'study generic' by design and highly configurable via its web interface, allowing researchers to tailor the system to the specific data management requirements of their study.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)624-626
Number of pages3
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Feb 15 2017
Externally publishedYes


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Statistics and Probability
  • Medicine(all)
  • Biochemistry
  • Molecular Biology
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Computational Theory and Mathematics
  • Computational Mathematics

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Bickerstaffe, A., Ranaweera, T., Endersby, T., Ellis, C., Maddumarachchi, S., Gooden, G. E., ... Hopper, J. L. (2017). The Ark: A customizable web-based data management tool for health and medical research. Bioinformatics, 33(4), 624-626.