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How COVID-19 data is being shared with researchers globally

In the past few months data about the COVID-19 pandemic has been collected, aggregated and analysed at a rapid pace. As data is collected, published and updated daily worldwide, the coronavirus outbreak may become the most visualised data ever.
To help improve the timely access to data in the COVID-19 emergency the World Health Organisation (WHO) have implemented “COVID-19 Open”, a data sharing and reporting protocol, that encourages researchers to share data as quickly and widely as possible. Open source data sets have been a helpful resource, researchers and data scientists have been pulling together data from multiple sources and made this publicly available on sites such as GitHub and Kaggle.
As part of our response to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic across the world, AARNet’s eResearch team has gathered content from online resources that are freely accessible to assist researchers and any others who want to explore the data further.