The spread of the virus causing the COVID-19 outbreak affects the whole world. Virus outbreaks like these ask for an optimisation of data management and data reuse from which we all can benefit during future outbreaks too. Access to the immensely valuable data of past and current epidemics is not always equally accessible for different affected populations and countries. Under the urgent need to harness machine-learning and future AI approaches to discover meaningful patterns in epidemic outbreaks, we need to do better and ensure that data are FAIR (Findable, Accessible, Interoperable, Reusable but in this sense also meaning Federated, AI-Ready).
This time, we can do better. The GO FAIR Foundation launched the Virus Outbreak Data Network (VODAN) GO FAIR Implementation Network. Members of this rapid response VODAN IN will work primarily remotely in collaborative online work sessions to refine standards, build tooling and deploy FAIR Data Points. Read more or join VODAN IN.