GISAID

GISAID

GISAID is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the collection of influenza related data and genome sequencing.

The GISAID Initiative enables the rapid sharing of influenza virus data through a unique sharing mechanism, that was recognized for its importance to global health by all G20 health ministers in 2017. The Initiative involves public-private partnerships between the nonprofit organization Freunde von GISAID e.V. and governments of the Federal Republic of Germany, the official host of the GISAID EpiFluTM database - which provides public access to the most complete collection of genetic sequence data of influenza viruses and related clinical and epidemiological data - Singapore and the United States of America.

Initially spurred by the threat posed by human infections with highly pathogenic avian influenza H5N1, GISAID introduced its novel sharing mechanism in 2008 that permits free and open access to influenza data, to anyone who positively identifies himself or herself, and agrees to respect the inherent rights of contributors. GISAID's database access agreement ensures that contributors of virus sequence data do not forfeit intellectual property rights to the data.

Covid-19

GISAID has developed an application to follow the data and genome sequencing of Covid-19. They are working to bring the data together and make it available for others studying and tracking the Covid-19 sequencing and related clinical and epidemiological data. They also track the spread and the phylogeny with visual aids. The data and the mapping are available for download along with the data through GISAID's website.

Timeline

People

Name
Role
LinkedIn

Benjamin Turner

Database Technical Group Member

Catherine B. Smith, VSDB OBC

Database Technical Group Member

Dr. Andrey B. Komissarov

Database Technical Group Member

Dr. David E. Wentworth

Scientific Advisory Council Member

Dr. Isabella Monne

Database Technical Group Member

Dr. Joachim Buch

Database Technical Group Member

Dr. John W. McCauley

Co-Chair Scientific Advisory Council

Dr. med Wenqing Zhang

Scientific Advisory Council Member

Dr. Mia Brytting

Database Technical Group Member

Dr. Monica Galiano

Database Technical Group Member

Dr. Rebecca J. Kondor

Co-Chair Database Technical Group

Dr. Richard J. Webby

Scientific Advisory Council Member

Dr. Sebastian Maurer-Stroh

Scientific Advisory Council Member

Dr. Seiichiro Fujisaki

Database Technical Group Member

Dr. Thorsten Wolff

Database Technical Group Member

Dr. Vivi Setiawaty

Database Technical Group Member

Dr. Yu Lan

Database Technical Group Member

Naomi Komadina

Co-Chair Database Technical Group

Prof. Dr. Andrew Rambaut

Scientific Advisory Council Member

Prof. Dr. George Fu Gao

Scientific Advisory Council Member

Prof. Dr. H.C. Thomas C. Mettenleiter

Scientific Advisory Council Member

Prof. Dr. Ian Barr

Scientific Advisory Council Member

Prof. Dr. Ian Brown

Scientific Advisory Council Member

Prof. Dr. med Hideki Hasegawa

Scientific Advisory Council Member

Prof. Dr. Richard Neher

Database Technical Group Member

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Further reading

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Author
Link
Type
Date

GISAID: Global initiative on sharing all influenza data - from vision to reality

Yuelong Shu, John McCauley

Web

March 30, 2017

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@bsindia
The philosophy of open science is informed by the idea that research communities must share socially useful knowledge, including scientific research, freely and without charge

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