European COVID-19 Data Platform
The COVID-19 & Pandemic Preparedness Data Portal is a national node of the European COVID-19 Data Platform. The European COVID-19 Data Platform is operated by the European Bioinformatics Institute (a part of the European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL-EBI)), together with the European Commission, and other research partners, such as ELIXIR. An overview of other national nodes can be found here.
The European COVID-19 Data Platform aims to facilitate data sharing and analysis in order to accelerate coronavirus research. It enables researchers to upload, access and analyse reference data and specialist datasets related to COVID-19. It is synchronised with COVID-19-related data and scientific literature held in EMBL-EBI's data resources, including ENA, UniProt, PDBe, EMDB, Expression Atlas and Europe PMC. The data continues to grow in diversity and volume, but include sequences, structures, expression data, compound screens, biochemistries and scientific publications.
The Swedish COVID-19 & Pandemic Preparedness Data Portal is one of the partners in the BY-COVID consortium. BY-COVID is a Horizon project funded by the European Comission and brings together 53 partners from 19 countries. Stakeholders include individuals and organisation from multiple areas, including the biomedical field, hospitals, public health, social sciences and humanities.
The BeYond-COVID (BY-COVID) project aims to make COVID-19 data accessible to anyone that can use it, including medical staff in hospitals, researchers in labs, and government officials. The project will provide a framework for making data from other infectious diseases open and accessible to everyone. The project will integrate established national and European infrastructures with ELIXIR, BBMRI, ECRIN, PHIRI and CESSDA. It will build on existing efforts, such as the COVID-19 Data Platform and the Versatile Emerging infectious disease Observatory project (VEO), in order to maximise efficiency. It will also develop synergies with the European Health Data Space.
Members of the Portal team are involved in the development of the Infectious Disease Toolkit, a major deliverable of the BY-COVID project.
NBIS and ELIXIR Sweden
NBIS (National Bioinformatics Infrastructure Sweden) is a distributed national research infrastructure supported by the Swedish Research Council (Vetenskapsrådet), Science for Life Laboratory, all major Swedish universities, and the Knut and Alice Wallenberg Foundation. It provides state-of-the-art bioinformatics to the life science research community in Sweden. NBIS is also the Swedish contact point to the European infrastructure for biological information, ELIXIR Europe.