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Several Research Infrastructure communities to provide COVID-19 resources and actions

The COVID-19 pandemic presents a major test for the science system and for the research and data infrastructures. These infrastructures, such as open science clouds and data commons, must serve the needs of science, policy, and humanity not only in normal times, but also in times of crisis by providing controlled access to quality data in real time and at scale for a range of scientific- and policy-related responses.

A number of research infrastructure communities are launching initiatives to ensure that pivotal decisions are made based on the best available science to mobilise stakeholders for the current situation.

Some of these initiatives are listed below:

1. The Data Together Organisations, comprising CODATA, GO FAIR, Research Data Alliance (RDA) and World Data System (WDS), are jointly working on the following activities and invite all to contribute:

  • Review and support the Data Together-GO FAIR Virus Outbreak Data Network (VODAN), and if in agreement with the approach, join as a contributor or an observer endorsing this network. The primary objective of the VODAN Implementation Network is to showcase the creation and deployement of FAIR data related to COVID-19.
  • Review ans support the Data Together-RDA COVID-19 Working Group that has the remit to define detailed guidelines on data sharing and reuse under the present COVID-19 circumstances, and thus help researchers follow best practices to maximise the efficiency of their work, including the deposit of different data sources in any common data hub or platform.
  • CODATA has been tasked by the International Science Council to prepare a major global progamme 'Making Data Work for Cross-Domain Grand Challenges' for launch in 2021 with the Data Together organisations and a large number of other partners. The aim of the initiative is to assist interdisciplinary research by addressing the critical issues of data access, interoperability and reuse across domain, disciplinary, and institutional boundaries. Initial working groups are underway. In the area of infectious disease, work is focusing on combining large-scale longitudinal cohort data and clinical data in aa secure and federated infrastructure for analysis of HIV. This work will be expanded to include an examination of pandemic epidemiology data, with reference to the urgent case of COVID-19, and in preparation for future resilience.

2. PRACE support to mitigate impact of COVID-19 pandemic

PRACE is welcoming project proposals requesting computing resources to contribute to the mitigation of the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. This applies, without being exhaustive, to the following topics:

  • Biomolecular research to understand the mechanisms of the virus infection
  • Bioinformatics research to understand mutations, evolution, etc.
  • Bio-simulations to develop therapeutics and/or vaccines
  • Epidemiologic analysis to understand and forecast the spread of the disease
  • Other analyses to understand and mitigate the impact of the pandemic

This call for proposals will follow a fast track review process to provide swift feedback to the applicants.

This call is open until further notice. Applications are evaluated within one week and start as soon as possible if awarded.

3. EOSC co-creation funding call for COVID-19

EOSC Secretariat introduced a fast-track procedure to apply for funding, specifically dedicated to activities related to COVID-19, addressing the following issues:

  • opening up scientific data on the virus,
  • sharing live on-the-ground data on the spread of the virus, as well as software, standards and processes for monitoring COVID-19 treatment and development,
  • accessing and combining this data not only to eradicate the virus but learn how to deal with similar viruses and future outbreaks,
  • assessing the validity of epidemic information in relation to the virus by ensuring that its sources can be traced and verified.

4. ESFRI and e-IRG to provide resource catalogues on COVID-19

  • ESFRI has published a page with resources on COVID-19
  • e-IRG has extended the Knowledge Base with a COVID-19 catalogue