Data Sharing in a Time of Pandemic. Patterns Preview on RDA COVID-19 Group results
During a time of global pandemic, the importance of good quality data in decision-making has been thrown into high focus. Much has been written in the academic and popular press about how many COVID-19 tests have been administered and how the counts of infection rates vary from country to country. In order to make good decisions about how to deal with the current situation and plan for the future, high quality, reliable, and trusted data are needed.
The Research Data Alliance COVID-19 Working Group brought together over 440 volunteer data experts inorder to address key issues with data and software sharing that need to be dealt with in order to be betterable to inform the research response to a global pandemic. The resulting document gives thorough, well-structured, and clear guidance on what is needed, now and in the future, to maximize timely, quality datasharing and appropriate responses in health emergencies.
A Preview published by Patterns Journal on 14th August 2020 overviews and discusses the Research Data Alliance COVID-19 Working Group publication “Recommendations and Guidelines on data sharing,” published in June 2020.