The ultimate long term aims of EuroCODE are to become the standard computer network in cancer trials for the European investigator working for the improvement of cancer treatment, as well as to improve clinical practice throughout the European Community by allowing to widely disseminate information on state-of-the-art treatment in cancer.
The goal of the Concerted Actions were to develop EuroCODE by extending EORTC Data Center services as well as to facilitate the development of the computer network.
The investigators were encouraged to join the network but it was felt that in many situations the stimulation of individual investigators to participate in clinical trials could be handled better by national groups, which communicate in national language and are aware of the local situation and cultural characteristics. Therefore the strategy followed was to create a network based on national nodes in each EC country.
- the selection of the most appropriate host centers to install computer nodes,
- the definition of standards for hardware, software, development platform and networking, taking into account existing infrastructure, market trends and future prospects,
- the definition of the required services,
- the development of software,
- the implementation of the network equipment and the software at network nodes,
- the preparation of guidelines for nodes as well as for the individual investigators explaining how to connect to EuroCODE and how to use the system.