Automated Transformation of CDISC ODM to OpenClinica

Stud Health Technol Inform. 2017;243:95-99.


Due to the increasing use of electronic data capture systems for clinical research, the interest in saving resources by automatically generating and reusing case report forms in clinical studies is growing. OpenClinica, an open-source electronic data capture system enables the reuse of metadata in its own Excel import template, hampering the reuse of metadata defined in other standard formats. One of these standard formats is the Operational Data Model for metadata, administrative and clinical data in clinical studies. This work suggests a mapping from Operational Data Model to OpenClinica and describes the implementation of a converter to automatically generate OpenClinica conform case report forms based upon metadata in the Operational Data Model.

Keywords: Access to Information; Data Collection; Health Information Systems; Metadata; Surveys and Questionnaires.

MeSH terms

  • Automation*
  • Biomedical Research*
  • Humans
  • Information Dissemination
  • Medical Records*
  • Metadata