The Population Science Grid Community Health Data Portal


The National Cancer Institute’s (NCI) PopSciGrid Community Health Portal is an evolving platform demonstrating how health behavior, policy, and demographic data can be integrated, visualized, and communicated to empower communities and support new avenues of research and policy for cancer prevention and control. As a proof of concept for cyber-enabled population health research, the PopSciGrid Portal is designed to encourage trans-disciplinary collaboration, data harmonization, and development of new computational methods for disparate health related data.
Please note: The National Cancer Institute’s (NCI) PopSciGrid Community Health Data Portal enables users to explore the relationship between cancer risk factors, health outcomes, and factors in the social and political environment. The maps, graphs, and tables on this website are not intended to convey information about causal relationships, and the NCI does not endorse any conclusions or inferences that individual users may draw from the maps, tables, or graphs produced by this website.

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National Cancer Institute

  • Abdul R. Shaikh
  • Richard Moser
  • Bradford W. Hesse
  • Glen D. Morgan
  • Erik M. Augustson
  • Yvonne Hunt
  • Zaria Tatalovich
  • Gordon Willis
  • Kelly Blake
  • Paul Courtney (contractor)
  • Lila Finney (contractor)
  • Amy Sanders (contractor)

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

  • Deborah L. McGuinness
  • Li Ding
  • Tim Lebo
  • Jim McCusker

Northwestern University

  • Noshir Contractor
  • Yun Huang
  • Hugh Devlin
  • York Yao

Related Sites


The following demonstration visualizations have been developed in collaboration between Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and NCI to show how to access, mash up and manipulate Linked Open Government Data (LOGD) for the population sciences: There are still many demos with alpha or experimental status. Please check back later to see if they have been promoted to featured demo status.
  • Tobacco Policy Adoption by US States (1990-2009), Sep 2010
  • Correlations of Smoking Prevelance Related Data, Aug 2010

Surveys (Work in progress)

These surveys are being actively edited. They are incomplete but may still be useful to someone.

Related Publications

  • Deborah L. McGuinness, Abdul R. Shaikh, Richard Moser, Bradford W. Hesse, Glen D. Morgan, Erik M. Augustson, Yvonne Hunt, Zaria Tatalovich, Gordon Willis, Kelly Blake, Paul Courtney, Lila Finney, Amy Sanders, Li Ding, Tim Lebo, Jim McCusker, Noshir Contractor, Yun Huang, York Yao, Hugh Devlin. A Semantically-enabled Community Health Portal for Cancer Prevention and Control. In the Proceedings of the Third International Conference on Web Science, Koblenz, Germany, June 14-17, 2011. paper
  • Paul Courtney, Abdul R. Shaikh, Noshir Contractor, Deborah McGuinness, Li Ding, Erik M. Augustson, Kelly Blake, Glen D. Morgan, Richard Moser, Gordon Willis, Bradford W. Hesse, Consumer Health Portal: An Informatics Tool for Translation and Visualization of Complex, Evidence-Based Population Health Data for Cancer Prevention and Control, In Proceedings of the 138th APHA Annual Meeting, (2010) abstract
  • Abdul R. Shaikh, Noshir Contractor, Richard Moser, Glen D. Morgan, Paul K. Courtney, Erik M. Augustson, Alison Marie Pilsner, Bradford W. Hesse. PopSciGrid: Using cyberinfrastructure to enable data harmonization, collaboration, and advanced computation of nationally representative behavioral, demographic, and economic data. In Proceedings of the 137th APHA Annual Meeting, (2009) abstract


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