Data Sharing

Data Sharing Updates

The Data Sharing Working Group invites GloPID-R members to participate in a survey on current practices in data sharing in public health emergencies (PHEs). This survey’s purpose is to identify future opportunities for collaboration/coordination on data sharing with the goal of accelerating the work in outbreak preparedness.

The Data Sharing Principles are currently being revised and will be available late Fall 2017.For more information, you can contact Sophie Mathewson at phedata[at]

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GloPID-R Makes data sharing a top Priority

Data and knowledge sharing in public health emergencies helps support evidence-based decision making, and this increases the likelihood of an effective response and reduced morbidity and mortality. It also facilitates studies of new interventions, such as vaccines, for epidemic and pandemic threats.

GloPID-R established the Data Sharing Working Group in March 2016 under the leadership of Katherine Littler (Wellcome Trust) with the objective of developing a system for data sharing during public health emergencies (PHE) to support the research response.

Key Areas of the Action Plan:

  • Defining the purpose (need), building on previous work on different data types by WHO and others
  • Mapping the data environment for public health emergencies and non-public health emergencies
  • Developing policy and framework for data sharing for PHE
  • Implementing data sharing policy and practice
  • Establishing a roadmap for collaboration

Removing Barriers to Data Sharing

Timely and transparent sharing of data in PHE remains challenging, mainly due to lack of incentives, the absence of appropriate infrastructure, and complex ethical and legal demands. The Data Sharing Working Group is laying the groundwork to make data sharing during PHE a future reality.

Current Projects:

  • Principles for Data Sharing
  • Public Health Emergency Decision Tree (PHEDT)
  • Case Studies to document data-sharing practices in past emergencies

Presentation: GloPID-R Data Sharing WG: Addressing the Challenges of Data Sharing in a Public Health Emergency

Partnership & Coordination

This work is intended to support the WHO R&D Blueprint, a global mechanism to accelerate and coordinate research and development (R&D) for PHEs, which addresses both research preparedness and the research response during events.

The group’s goal is to ensure that the principles, tools and approaches that they develop are useful, relevant and valuable for the broader community involved in emergency response. They are interested in engaging with specific groups such as NGOs, epidemiologists, software developers, industry and scientists as their work develops.

Interested in working together? Contact the Data Sharing Working Group.

Data Sharing Working Group Members

  • Chair: Katherine Littler, Wellcome Trust, UK
  • Sophie Mathewson, Wellcome Trust, UK
  • Stacey Arnesen, National Library of Medicine, USA
  • Wee-Ming Boon, National Health and Medical Research Council, Australia
  • Alison Bourgon, Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), Canada
  • David Carr, Wellcome Open Research, Wellcome Trust, UK
  • Gail Carson, GloPID-R Secretariat
  • Evelyn Depoortere, European Commission
  • Jeannette Endres-Becker, German Federal Ministry for Education and Research (BMBF), Germany
  • Matthew Garsia, Canadian Institutes of Health Research
  • Gaetano Gugliemi, Ministry of Health, Italy
  • Steven Kern, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, USA
  • Gun Peggy Knudsen, Norwegian Institute of Public Health, Norway
  • Kajsa-Stina Longuere, GloPID-R Secretariat
  • France Mentre, Institut National de la Santé et de la Recherche Médicale (INSERM), France
  • Farah Al-Shorbaji, World Health Organization (WHO)
  • Vasee Moorthy, World Health Organization (WHO)
  • Jeffrey Mphahlele, South African Medical Research Council (SA MRC), South Africa
  • Denise O’Connor, European Commission
  • Carlos Segovia, Instituto de Salud Carlos III, Spain
  • Seung-Hyeok Seok, National Research Foundation of Korea, Seoul National University, South Korea

Meetings and Presentations

March 2017

February 2017

November 2016

  • International Meeting on Emerging Diseases and Surveillance, Austria
  • GloPID-R Zika Virus Research Workshop, Brazil

October 2016

  • Grand Challenges, England
  • WHO Global Outbreak and Alert Response Network (GOARN) meeting, France

September 2016

  • International Data Week, USA
  • Workshop with Zika Researchers, England
  • Strengthening Data Sharing for Public Health: Final Strategic Round Table, England

Key References