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FSU Researchers Receive $3M to Create
National Repository For Data on Learning Disabilities
Sara Hart
Dr. Sara Hart

The federal government will award nearly $3 million over five years to researchers at Florida State University, so they can build a first-of-its-kind national data repository that aims to inspire innovative research that helps children with learning disabilities.

The ambitious project, supported by FSU Libraries, is led by Dr. Sara Hart, associate professor of psychology and research faculty at the Florida Center for Reading Research, and Dr. Chris Schatschneider, professor of psychology and associate director of the Florida Center for Reading Research. They will lead an effort to create an enormous big-data repository on campus containing decades of knowledge about learning disabilities.

Hart said the new repository, called "LDbase" and funded by the National Institutes of Health, will be a powerful resource that opens up new areas of research and accelerates discoveries.

"There's a growing movement across all sciences to share data because, too often, a lot of rich information just ends up being stored on researchers' computers and not shared widely," Hart said. "Our project will create a data repository containing a vast knowledge-database about learning disabilities that will accelerate scientific discoveries by facilitating data reuse and reproducibility. Ultimately, we will build an enduring record of the rich and complex science conducted by learning-disabilities researchers."



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