Sleep Medicine Epidemiology
Brigham and Women's Hospital · Harvard Medical School

Slice for Dummies


Okay, maybe the title is misleading; I’m not going to be teaching you how to work Slice. But that’s the exact beauty of it; you don’t need to be taught at all to use Slice. When I was first placed with the Bioinformatics group, I was seated in front of a computer and told to make an account on Slice. Within seconds, my account was activated and I was on my way to exploring this new, sleek, innovative data collecting tool. With no instructions and only data entry experience on REDCap (another data collecting tool), I was told to create a ‘Project,’ create a ‘Design’ (i.e. questionnaire, form), and the ‘Variables’ and ‘Domains’ that came alongside the ‘Design.’ During all this, Mike and Remo were standing behind me, watching me explore Slice and figure out everything on my own.

The greatest thing about this and the group is that while I was working my way through creating this new ‘Design,’ Mike and Remo were behind me discussing all the things they could change to make it more user-friendly, more self-explanatory, and essentially, better. Through detailed documentation, up-to-date archivesopen source coding, and even a Twitter, Slice and all other tools made by Mike and Remo are in masterful hands. The group’s transparency and openness to feedback has only and will continue to help make Slice and other tools better (anyone can submit issues or suggestions via GitHub).

Just in case you didn’t think Slice was modern or innovative enough, Slice and the other tools employ Bootstrap, which has 4 viewing modes, Mobile (for your mobile devices), Small (for smaller tablets like iPad Mini), Medium (for large tablets like the iPad), and Large (for your regular computer/laptop). So now you can enter data using any platform, but be sure to follow the HIPAA guidelines!