GEM History

Launched in 2010 by the National Cancer Institute (NCI), the Grid-Enabled Measures (GEM) website started as an open-source, online collaborative tool. GEM’s original goals were to support stakeholders, including researchers and practitioners, to identify, assess, and recommend self-reported measures across many domains of cancer-related research. Each working group focused on specific projects and content areas, and reviewed, collected, and recommended specific measures to support the objectives of their projects. The GEM online collaborative platform was utilized by more than 20 groups of stakeholders from its inception in 2010 through 2022. The results of these efforts can support researchers who are seeking a set of recommended measures and can promote measure reuse, data sharing, and data integration.

In 2023, NCI redesigned GEM to better meet the needs of the researchers and practitioners. This new version of GEM includes access to the measures for content areas that were recommended by each of the collaborative groups that interacted with the original version of GEM. The current version of GEM builds on the previous version by making recommended measures available in the public domain to facilitate the use of recommended measures among the broader research and practice community.

Note that the redesigned version of GEM only includes measures recommended by the specific collaborative groups during 2010-2021 and will not be accepting new measures at this time. 

Last Updated
June 29, 2023