Building a national data resource for pandemic models

The National Virtual Biotechnology Laboratory (NVBL) is building a data platform that will enable the widespread collection and use of reported data influencing response outcomes

Building a national data resource for pandemic models
Building a national data resource for pandemic models

Summary

The unprecedented nature of the COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted the need for a data infrastructure that supports disease-tracing models with robust calibration and validation. To address this challenge, the National Virtual Biotechnology Laboratory (NVBL), the US Department of Energy’s COVID-19 consortium, is building a data platform that will enable the widespread collection and use of reported data on the many attributes influencing response outcomes. Although most public sites only report a few data attributes (anywhere from about three to 88), the NVBL platform under development includes more than 1,200 attributes and processes about 600,000 data records per week. The platform is laying the foundation for a national data resource to support future epidemiological and pandemic modeling.