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Currently several of us are funded to develop a FAIR metadata hub in East Africa for demographic surveillance, epidemiological surveillance, clinic data and now impromptu covid19 testing data. It aims to reuse existing datasets and facilitate the creation of data networks that can string together existing East Africa research centers to create new research.
It is just starting up but we have done a bunch of prep work in connection with how discovery might work. Perhaps this might be useful to some people.
Jay Greenfield, Ph.D.
Data Documentation Initiative (DDI)
From: ***@***.*** on behalf of SAS via RDA-COVID19
Sent: Thursday, April 2, 2020 1:12 PM
Cc: ***@***.*** ; Pete

Subject: [rda-covid19] [rda-covid19] standards and repositories
Hi all,
I fully agree with Sarah, and for appropriate standards and repositories we, the RDA FAIRsharing WG (1,2, 3), are happy to work with you.
Pete, the FAIRsharing coordinator is already working on a collection of resources; we will wait to hear on how to best help you to add missing/relevant resources.
Kind regards,

Prof. Susanna-Assunta Sansone, PhD
Associate Director, Oxford e-Research Centre
Associate Professor, Dep of Engineering Science
University of Oxford, UK
Data Readiness Group:
ORCiD: 0000-0001-5306-5690
skype: susanna-a.sansone
twitter: @SusannaASansone

On 02/04/2020 13:57, sjDCC via RDA-COVID19 wrote:
Hi Simon
The group will focus on generating guidelines so researchers in each field are aware of the appropriate standards and repositories. We don’t intend to establish a data repository.
There are some initiatives the EC or its projects are supporting. OpenAIRE for example is creating a dashboard to increase discovery of COVID19 research and EMBL/EBI are rapidly deploying a COVID19 research data platform that should be integrated with EOSC to facilitate data sharing.
All best
– Show quoted text -From: ***@***.*** on behalf of SimonParker via RDA-COVID19
Sent: 02 April 2020 13:42
Subject: Re: [rda-covid19] health data and irb’s
Hello everyone,
I would personally disagree with the group starting an actual repository for data, though agree that perhaps a metadata repository would be useful for the research community. Ideally though this metadata should be produced to an agreed standard so that it easier for the research community to find.
Simply I believe that setting up an effective and safe repository for health data would be difficult and presents a great number of challenges. In particular I would disagree with the notion of expecting data depositors to anonymise data as, having worked in a data archive, I have seen that very often data owners do not necessarily know how to do this well. If we wanted to make this a requirement for data to be made available we would need to provide guidance as to a minimum standard of anonymisation, tools and tests that should be done to justify that anonymisation, and probably have well-trained staff to check the data before it is goes public. Allowing the self-deposit of ‘anonymous’ data would be to gamble public confidence in the research community on the capabilities of the least-able data owner that makes their data available. Once one dataset in the repository was shown to be nowhere near anonymous enough, the public reaction would probably lead to the end of the project.
I don’t really foresee how we could put together a GDPR-compliant data resource for sensitive data (remembering that health data is a special category and so would require additional controls) without investment and considerably more time. If we consider a widely-used security model such as the ‘5 Safes’, I think it would be very difficult for us to develop a process in the time we have.
As we have limited time it may be better for the group to focus on helping data owners produce safe data, guidance for researchers on how to use the data, and bringing metadata together to help researchers locate data that they could potentially request to use.
Kind regards,

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