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International COVID-19 Data Research Alliance and Workbench

The International Alliance is an independent consortium of leading life science, philanthropic and research organisations uniting to respond to the COVID-19 global pandemic. The aim is to transform the way that scientists and researchers can access health data from clinical trials, biomedical and health research studies to help answer the most pressing questions about COVID-19.

“Aridhia is privileged to be providing the Workbench technology and managed services for the International COVID-19 Data Research Alliance. We look forward to supporting scientists and data scientists around the world achieve insight into the many questions arising from the pandemic by providing safe and secure environments for trusted data sharing and collaborative analysis.”

David Sibbald, CEO of Aridhia

The International Alliance and Workbench will facilitate access to data from multiple sources through a trustworthy data infrastructure, with robust governance and stewardship to enable a rapid response to COVID-19 and future disease outbreaks.

The Alliance and Workbench are important because they are addressing an urgent, unmet need in the ability to access global health data at scale for research and innovation – needed to rapidly understand the disease and how to treat it.

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About the International Alliance

The International Alliance brings together global expertise and best practice in health data research to enable a rapid response to the COVID-19 pandemic and future disease outbreaks. It is rapidly building on a network of international scientific and clinical expertise and the ability to provide access to diverse data sources. Members are organisations with a track record in health data research and are expected to sign up to principles for participation that draw on national and international best practice frameworks and recommendations.

About the Workbench

The Workbench will provide a trustworthy platform to access data for collaborative data science. It will have several key functions:

Allow researchers to search and find relevant data from multiple repositories across the world.

Allow researchers to request access to data from multiple sources to address specific research questions.

Allow data custodians to retain control of decisions about how data they hold can be accessed and used.

Allow researchers to form virtual teams to address specific questions or projects in private, secure workspaces provisioned to meet the requirements of their projects.

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