European COVID-19 Data Platform Launched

As part of the ERAvsCorona Action Plan, the European Commission and EU Member States have agreed to launch a new data-sharing platform to enhance coordination of the COVID-19 research.

Mikalsen, Theresa Publisert: 21.04.20 09:40 Oppdatert: 21.04.20 09:48

Together with EMBL's European Bioinformatics Institute (EMBL-EBI) and other research partners such as ELIXIR, the EU is deploying a dedicated European COVID-19 Data Platform that will enable the rapid collection and comprehensive data sharing of available research data from different sources for the European and global research communities.

The Platform will consist of two connected components:

  • SARS-CoV-2 Data Hubs, which will organise the flow of SARS-CoV-2 outbreak sequence data and provide comprehensive open data sharing for the European and global research communities; and
  • COVID-19 Data Portal, which will bring together and continuously update relevant COVID-19 datasets and tools, will host sequence data sharing and will facilitate access to other SARS-CoV-2 resources.

The new platform highlights the Commission's commitment to Open Science. In this context, the platform is also a priority pilot, aimed at realising the objectives of the European Open Science Cloud (EOSC), and builds upon established networks between EMBL-EBI and national public health data infrastructures.

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