The Swedish Pathogens Portal launch, an important step for pandemic preparedness

“The SciLifeLab Data Centre team is proud that the Portal will be the first national node of the Pathogens Portal. We look forward to continuing to work closely with EMBL-EBI and, together, strive to facilitate sharing of data related to pathogens and facilitate future pandemic preparedness. The Portal will continue to be a central part of the SciLifeLab’s pandemic preparedness efforts,” says Johan Rung, head of SciLifeLab Data Centre.

“Pathogen data sharing is most effective when done collaboratively and across borders,” says Dr Guy Cochrane, Head of the European Nucleotide Archive at EMBL’s European Bioinformatics Institute. “The Swedish Pathogens Portal is the first national data portal to be connected to the Pathogens Portal at EMBL-EBI, demonstrating the benefits of merging FAIR data resources – meaning Findable, Accessible, Interoperable and Reusable – with national data sharing efforts.”

“The Portal team looks forward to showcasing more data and tools on pathogens besides SARS-CoV-2 and on other pandemic preparedness topics such as antibiotic resistance. Whilst COVID-19 will continue to be an important element of pandemic preparedness efforts, it is now crucial that we begin to make clear that resources developed during the pandemic can be repurposed,” says Liane Hughes, Project lead for the Portal team at SciLifeLab Data Centre.

Moving forward, the Portal remains committed to offering guidelines and support to life science researchers at Swedish universities and institutes. Our aim is to enhance the FAIR (Findable, Accessible, Interoperable, and Reusable) principles and openness of their pandemic preparedness and infectious disease data. The Portal team will continue to work closely with the Editorial Committee, the Data-Driven Life Science (DDLS) community, and the Data Science Nodes, as well as our international partners, such as the BY-COVID consortium, to optimize the Portal’s impact. The research community is encouraged to contact the team behind the Portal for support in data sharing, collaboration opportunities, and feedback.


Last updated: 2023-09-07

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