Individual CDISC standards are developed in the CDISC Wiki and published to the CDISC website as PDF documents. These standards address discrete areas of the clinical and translational research, focusing on the most commonly used concepts that appear in most studies. PDF documents are easily read and understood by humans, but are not readily usable by machines, such as clinical research software systems. SHARE makes CDISC standards electronically accessible through a variety of file formats, including Excel, PDF, RDF and XML.
Exports in the form of different file formats are made available via the CDISC SHARE Exports page on the CDISC website. Prior to posting new content on this page, CDISC SHARE biocurators perform a semi-automated, two-step curation process for quality control and assurance of the CDISC metadata. CDISC SHARE includes the normative metadata from CDISC standards. Normative content is the "meat" of a standard, including classes, domains, variables, controlled terminologies, rules and other key metadata. Normative content from each standard is available on the CDISC SHARE Exports page. Published CDISC standards also contain informative content, such as examples and usage tips. Informative content is managed in the CDISC Wiki, which is part of the CDISC SHARE Ecosystem, but is not available at this time on the CDISC SHARE Exports page.
In addition to making CDISC standards easier to access and utilize, CDISC SHARE also provide a collaborative standards development environment for CDISC's diverse community of standards development teams. This environment includes a variety of CDISC SHARE tools to improve the quality, integration, reach and consistency of CDISC standards.