Here we provide information about open science, open access publications and FAIR data stewardship aiming at the research community that works on the current COVID-19 outbreak. The information is also a guidance for ZonMw’s requirements and recommendations in its research programmes for COVID-19. It addresses the following research activities:
- Transparency on research projects
- Creating FAIR data
- Access to research data
- Sharing of research findings through open access publications
For these research activities, we point in the sections below to the latest developments for FAIR data management and stewardship.
The overall aim is to synergize the many efforts in the current hectic of COVID-19 research, to benefit from new developments, to find options to collaborate, and to prevent double work.
Update on ZonMw’s approach to optimize reuse of COVID-19 related data
Under the urgency of the outbreak of the corona pandemic, we take a number of actions to enable researchers in ZonMw’s COVID-19 projects to create FAIR data that can be used by humans as well as machines. As a result, data become findable through computer search, and accessible for learning-algorithms (comparable to the Personal Health Train concept).
The results of the activities are available for the entire research community of COVID-19.
The activities include:
- VODAN for COVID-19 patient data
- FAIR data services and a national COVID-19 data portal
- An advanced approach for creating FAIR data: three-point FAIRification Framework
- A national COVID-19 data portal for the metadata to observational hospital data,
- Workshops and training on the FAIRIfication framework as part of the Support & Community building for researchers and data stewards.
Support and community building
ZonMw’s requirements and recommendations aim at converging the open science activities toward choices that the COVID-19 research community agrees on. The open science and FAIR data resources (standards, technologies and infrastructure) that are explained on this site are therefore a starting point.
To benefit from the latest developments, and to find out how these can be implemented in a research project, researchers can get support from their data steward and/or data support office that is available at most research institutes.
ZonMw collaborates with the DTL Data steward Intrerest Group, DSCC-implementation network, Health-RI, and LCRDM to reach out to data stewards and data support offices to agree on the approach and resources to apply in COVID-19 research projects. We thereby build a research community with local data stewards and infectious disease experts at the research institutes to continue developing community specific open science and FAIR data practices.