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OBJECTIVES: The need for large studies and the types of large-scale data resources (LSDRs) are discussed along with their general scientific utility, role in aging research, and affordability. The diversification of approaches to large-scale data resourcing is described in order to facilitate their use in aging research. METHODS: The need for LSDRs is discussed in terms of (a) large sample size; (b) longitudinal design; (c) as platforms for additional investigator-initiated research projects; and (d) broad-based access to core genetic, biological, and phenotypic data. DISCUSSION: It is concluded that a "lite-touch, lo-tech, lo-cost" approach to LSDRs is a viable strategy for the development of LSDRs and would enhance the likelihood of LSDRs being established which are dedicated to the wide range of important aging-related issues.

Original publication

DOI

10.1093/geronb/gbr047

Type

Journal article

Journal

J Gerontol B Psychol Sci Soc Sci

Publication Date

07/2011

Volume

66 Suppl 1

Pages

i172 - i179

Keywords

Aging, Causality, Data Interpretation, Statistical, Databases as Topic, Genetic Association Studies, Humans, Longitudinal Studies, Research Design, Sample Size