UseGalaxy, SARS-CoV-2 / COVID-19, and how effective responses to emerging pathogen threats ...

... require open data and open analytics

February 28th 2020

The UseGalaxy Community has published a paper in bioRxiv

No more business as usual: agile and effective responses to emerging pathogen threats require open data and open analytics

The paper opens with

The current state of much of the Wuhan pneumonia virus (COVID-19) research shows a regrettable lack of data sharing and considerable analytical obfuscation. This impedes global research cooperation, which is essential for tackling public health emergencies, and requires unimpeded access to data, analysis tools, and computational infrastructure. Here we show that community efforts in developing open analytical software tools over the past ten years, combined with national investments into scientific computational infrastructure, can overcome these deficiencies and provide an accessible platform for tackling global health emergencies in an open and transparent manner.

and closes with

In an age of digital connectedness, open, highly accessible, globally shared data and analysis platforms have the potential to transform the way biomedical research is done, opening the way to ‘global research markets’, where competition arises from deriving understanding rather than access to samples and data. [emphasis added] ...

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We believe this paper makes a powerful and transformative argument for reshaping the way biomedical research is done.

Thank you,
The UseGalxy.* Community