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European data sharing platform opens for COVID-19 researchers

European data sharing platform opens for COVID-19 researchers

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(BRUSSELS) - The European Commission together with several partners on Tuesday launched a European COVID-19 Data Platform to enable the rapid collection and sharing of available research data.

The platform, part of the ERAvsCorona Action Plan, marks another milestone in the EU's efforts to support researchers in Europe and around the world in the fight against the coronavirus outbreak.

"Launching the European COVID-19 Data Platform is an important concrete measure for stronger cooperation in fighting the coronavirus," said Research Commissioner Mariya Gabriel: "Building on our dedicated support for open science and open access over the years, now is the time to step up our efforts and stand united with our researchers. Through our joint efforts, we will better understand, diagnose and eventually overpower the pandemic."

The new platform is to provide an open, trusted, and scalable European and global environment where researchers can store and share datasets, such as DNA sequences, protein structures, data from pre-clinical research and clinical trials, as well as epidemiological data. It is the result of a joint effort by the Commission, the European Bioinformatics Institute of the European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL-EBI), the Elixir infrastructure and the COMPARE project, as well as the EU Member States and other partners.

Rapid open sharing of data greatly accelerates research and discovery, says the Commission, to allow for an effective response to the coronavirus emergency.

ERAvsCorona Action Plan: on 7 April, research and innovation Ministers from all 27 EU Member States supported 10 priority actions of the ERAvsCorona Action Plan. Building on the overall objectives and the tools of the European Research Area (ERA), the Action Plan covers short-term actions based on close coordination, cooperation, data sharing and joint funding efforts between the Commission and the Member States. It is centred around the key principles of the European Research Area, which will now be used to achieve towards their maximum effect to help researchers and EU Member States succeed in their fight against the coronavirus pandemic.

In addition to the European COVID-19 Data Platform, other actions focus on coordinating of funding, extending large EU-wide clinical trials, increasing support to innovative companies and supporting a pan-European Hackathon in the end of April to mobilise European innovators and the civil society. The joint plan listing priority actions will be regularly updated in a co-creative manner between the Commission services and national governments in the coming months.

European COVID-19 Data Platform

ERAvsCorona Action Plan


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