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CAFE - Common Application Framework Extensible

Citing CAFE

Please cite CAFE on grant applications and other publications using the following language:

The data collection and study management for this study were developed using CAFÉ (Common Application Framework Extensible) developed at USC’s Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center with support in part by award number P30CA014089 from the National Cancer Institute. Café is a toolset for rapid development of secure, Window’s based applications. Café includes the following features for data entry :(a) Intuitive data entry screens; (b) common vocabulary for drop down lists; (c) validation checks (d) role based security; (d) dashboards, i.e., work todo lists, reminders; and (e) form and item level audit tracking. For study management and analysis Café includes: (a) form and query based reports; (b) automated data dictionary and form to database field mappings; (c) Data export/import capabilities.

For more details, - see Biomedical Informatics for Cancer Research, Chapter 12, (edited by Ochs MF, Casagrande JT & Davuluri RV, Springer, 2010).



"I find CAFE overall the best compared to other databases I have used."
- Judy Villablanca, Associate Professor Clinical Pediatrics, Childrens Hospital Los Angeles, Medical Director, NANT

"I now always plan to incorporate the very reasonable costs of development of a CAFÉ database in my new grant submissions."
- Ann S. Hamilton, Ph.D.

"I can't speak highly enough of the skill and helpfulness of the Informatics Team at USC Norris. Under Aarti's leadership, Informatics developed a customized version of CAFÉ that has proved to be a perfect fit for us in seminar event planning, tracking of program participants and more."
- Michelle Levander, Director, The California Endowment Health Journalism Fellowships

"Three years ago, the KSOM Research Advancement Office approached the Cancer Center Informatics Research Core (CRIC) about developing a grant awards and space occupation database for us to manage our $200M plus grant portfolio and KSOM’s 960,622 net square feet of space. Aarti Vaishnav and her team worked closely with us to create a comprehensive database that is user friendly and invaluable in our day to day operations."
- Linda Mizushima, USC KSOM
- Janet A. Stoeckert, USC KSOM

"...Adding fields to café for capturing other unique information needed for reports can generally be done by CRIC quickly and efficiently."
- Kay Johnson

"I have found that just about any (CAFE) configuration is possible...(and) my staff members have found the databases easy to use."
- Ann S. Hamilton, Ph.D.

"The team has done a fabulous job developing the data management system and has been extremely responsive to any “tweaking” needed. As we submit our U01, I will definitely continue to use CAFÉ and Aarti Vaishnav's team. It has far exceeded my expectations."
- Sharon A. Cermak
Professor of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy
University of Southern California